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M1 power up Singapore's museums with 5G and edge computing
Fri, 30th Dec 2022

M1 Limited and AsiaPac Technology (AsiaPac), a wholly owned subsidiary of M1, together with Keppel Data Centres (Keppel DC), have announced that they are collaborating to provide 5G Standalone (SA) connectivity and edge computing solutions to the National Museum of Singapore and Children's Museum Singapore (CMSG). It is part of a broader initiative by the National Heritage Board (NHB) to progressively roll out 5G technology for the rest of its national museums and heritage institutions across Singapore.  

M1's ultra-high bandwidth, low latency and hyper-connectivity open possibilities for museums and curators to attract and engage new audiences innovatively, including adding new layers of interactivity and immersiveness to enrich the museum-going experience. 

Leveraging the Multi-Access Edge Computing (MEC) infrastructure deployed from Keppel DC's world-class data centre collocation, every touchpoint would be an immediate data source for museums to better curate and personalise exhibits.

From Augmented Reality (AR) to Virtual Reality (VR) artworks to 3D holographic displays and 4K ultra-high-definition remote video tours, museums will now be able to offer hyper-personalised experiences with greater engagement. 

M1, a subsidiary of Keppel Corporation, is Singapore’s first digital network operator, providing a suite of communications services, including mobile, fixed line and fibre offerings, to over two
million customers. Since the launch of its commercial services in 1997, M1 has achieved many firsts – becoming one of the first operators to be awarded one of Singapore's two nationwide 5G standalone network licences, the first operator to offer nationwide 4G service, as well as ultra high-speed fixed broadband, fixed voice and other services on the Next Generation Nationwide Broadband Network (NGNBN).

AsiaPac (from M1) is a multi-award winner in the hybrid multi-cloud segment and leading enterprise solutions provider, delivering intelligent digital transformation solutions in mobility,
cloud, enterprise systems and end-user computing. 

“5G is fast becoming the global standard for mobile communications and its potential is limitless. Together with edge computing, it is able to power sophisticated applications and deliver high-definition audio-visual experiences in real-time for museums to modernise cultural attractions. Importantly, 5G innovations allow museums and heritage institutions to reimagine the role they can play in preserving history and bringing it to life. M1 and AsiaPac, together with Keppel DC, are proud to be collaborating with the National Heritage Board to usher in a new era of interactivity for their museums,” says Manjot Singh Mann, Chief Executive Officer, M1.

“We are glad to be working with M1 to help transform the museum experience for visitors. With advanced technology like 5G, Artificial Intelligence and edge computing, we can now offer new and interactive ways for the public to experience our exhibitions in person. We look forward to continue to innovate and bring tech-powered experiences to more in the future. The use of 5G within the Singapore heritage sector will contribute to Singapore being a hyperconnected city, and to its goal towards being a Smart Nation,” adds Mohamed Hardi, Director, Information Technology Division and Chief Information Officer, NHB.