M1 and Singapore Innovate (SGInnovate) have teamed up to help start-ups use 5G technology for their products and services. M1 and SGInnovate plan to connect start-ups with potential corporate partners, provide technical support, and promote 5G capabilities. M1 will identify potential corporate partners who are plan explore the benefits of certain 5G use cases for their business, while SGInnovate will identify and focus primarily on Singapore-based start-ups, as well as international start-ups where relevant, and match them to relevant 5G use cases for B2C or B2B2C solutions.
The collaboration is expected to benefit start-ups with a proof-of-concept or commercially ready products and contribute to the development of new applications, such as real-time health monitoring, remote diagnosis and consultation for healthcare, immersive learning for education and mixed reality (MR) applications for project management.
M1 will also provide the 5G testbed designed to help start-ups accelerate the adoption of 5G technology into their use cases and real-life test scenarios. Selected start-ups will work closely with M1’s in-house engineers and deep-dive into the development, testing and application of 5G technology for their products, depending on the various requirements.
M1 and SGInnovate also report they plan to create knowledge-sharing and community-building opportunities, such as roundtables and innovation challenges within the start-up ecosystem, focusing on the potential and benefits of 5G technology. This will provide start-ups greater exposure and create opportunities for them to join SGInnovate’s deep tech community.
M1 and SGInnovate are also exploring further opportunities for start-ups to be connected to tech ecosystem players, share their innovative solutions, and to be up to date with the latest 5G trends.
M1, in partnership with IBM, the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), and Samsung, recently announced what they call Singapore’s first 5G Industry 4.0 trial. The trial aims to develop insights and showcase benefits of 5G in Industry 4.0. According to M1, the trial will be an innovation model that allows for development, testing and benchmarking of 5G-enabled services that can be applied across various industries.