Port of Singapore eyes full maritime 5G coverage by 2025

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The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) is ramping up its efforts to enhance digital connectivity in the port.

In mid-August 2022, MPA signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), a statutory board under the Singapore Ministry of Communications and Information, to develop 5G mobile network capabilities in the maritime domain.

Full maritime 5G coverage in Singapore’s major anchorages, fairways, terminals, and boarding grounds is scheduled to be delivered by mid-2025.

It has the potential to unlock a full suite of maritime solutions leveraging complementary technologies such as artificial intelligence, internet-of-things, big data, drones and autonomous vehicles, to improve safety, effectiveness and efficiencies in maritime operations, according to MPA.

“Digitalisation continues to shape and transform the maritime industry, acting as a key driver for global trends such as logistics and supply chain efficiency and decarbonisation,” Quah Ley Hoon, Chief Executive, Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, said.

“MPA is taking the lead to help build a robust digital maritime ecosystem for Maritime Singapore, with fast, secure and high capacity 5G connectivity as one of the cornerstones to support real-time data exchanges in the maritime domain. Maritime 5G will enable our global hub port and International Maritime Centre to remain at the forefront of the competition.” 

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