IDMA partners with SUTD to launch the first 6G lab in Southeast Asia
Singapore’s state Infocom and Media regulator and developer, the Infocom Media Development Authority (IDMA), has partnered with Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) to launch a Future Communications Connectivity (FCC) Lab – the first 6G lab in the region.
The lab has been funded through Singapore’s $70 million communications technology program, Future Communications Research and Development.
IMDA’s chief executive Lew Chuen Hon said that it was important for the nation to keep it’s eyes “on the next bound”.
He added: “We are excited to partner SUTD to launch Southeast Asia’s first 6G Lab. This is the start of our efforts to tap into the promise of future communications tech and become a global node of excellence.”
The authority most recently funded a project that piloted 5G-powered AR/VR smart glasses in a shipyard in Singapore, noting the potential for smart glasses solving critical challenges in its maritime industry.
The IDMA now sees the potential of 6G, stating the lab is part of an effort to strengthen technologies in their adolescence such as holographic communications and intelligent sensing capabilities that fuel self-driving cars and drones.
By combining 6G R&D with SUTD’s AI Mega Centre, the IDMA said the lab would pave the way in Singapore’s “cutting-edge” research of future communications technologies.
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