As businesses continue to leverage on the benefits and potential of the 5G network, Asia’s leading communications group, Singtel, takes on the herculean task of developing solutions for these organizations for them to unlock advantages and future growth with 5G. The telco company’s latest development – Paragon – is the industry’s first all-in-one platform for 5G network, edge computing and services orchestration.
TheTechRevolutionist was glad to have been invited to Singtel’s launch event of the revolutionary new platform on 22/2/2022 where we learned more about Paragon and what it has to offer.
A one-stop digital acceleration platform for enterprises
Developed in-house, Paragon allows enterprises to tap into Singtel’s 5G network to activate network slices on demand, deploy mission-critical applications on Singtel Multi-access Edge Compute (MEC), and access an entire eco-system of partner applications. The platform also empowers enterprises to securely deploy applications in a hybrid fashion across the edge at Singtel MEC and a public cloud of their choice. Essentially, Paragon grants them unprecedented control in addition to a wide array of choices.
“Many enterprises are undergoing rapid digitalisation while exploring and developing tailored 5G solutions for deployment in their industries. We understand the challenges and complexities that they face in managing the various networks, edge cloud applications and services with the required cyber security, resiliency and demanding service assurances required, cost-effectively. Paragon was conceived, developed and delivered to help enterprises meet these needs through a single platform,”Mr Bill Chang, Chief Executive Officer, Group Enterprise, Singtel.
Typically, enterprises have to juggle multiple tools to manage their network connectivity, cloud and application lifecycle at the edge. As an all-in-one solution, Paragon empowers enterprises to interact with the 5G network and deploy their edge computing applications and services on Singtel’s infrastructure independently, securely and within minutes. This shortens their innovation curve and improves time-to-market as well as reduces costs. Enterprises can also access a wide range of solutions from Singtel’s partners to deliver their 5G use cases.
Speed and performance where it matters
By significantly reducing the complexity and time needed to adopt 5G MEC and low latency applications and services, Paragon lowers the barriers to entry for enterprises, enabling faster deployment of use cases while removing considerable operational and cost overheads.
Compared to the current 4G and public cloud-enabled edge computing solutions, Paragon provides a huge improvement in latency with much higher bandwidth throughput from Singtel’s 5G network. This means better performance and faster decision-making at the edge where the data resides, critical for use cases like autonomous systems like robotics, drones and vehicles, immersive, video-rich experiences and powerful real-time edge AI use cases.
Other unique 5G features like network slicing – which usually requires weeks to acquire and set-up – can be done almost instantly, autonomously and as many times as needed. Enterprises can also optimise cost by utilising a network slice only when there is a need and for the intended duration.
Building an integrated eco-system
Singtel’s 5G eco-system partners play a key role in delivering the overall solution built on the Paragon platform. Through the Paragon Marketplace, which operates like an app store, Singtel’s partners can integrate their offerings through robust industry standard application programming interface (API) to rapidly build and deploy their solutions on Paragon.
Some of these solutions already available include real-time fleet management, mixed reality and metaverse-based simulations, smart warehouse management, among others. At the launch event on 22/2/2022, some of these solutions were displayed and demonstrated live.
Scaling Paragon regionally and internationally
“We are pleased to already witness exciting and successful trials being conducted on Paragon and invite partners in 5G-related fields, from chipset manufacturers, Internet-of-Things devices, apps and software developers, content producers, systems integrators and solution providers, to join us, as we scale this platform regionally and globally with other telecommunication leaders to benefit customers in a 5G world.”Mr Bill Chang, Chief Executive Officer, Group Enterprise, Singtel.
As Singtel scales Paragon across the region with a number of telecommunication leaders, partners in the telco’s 5G eco-system will have access to multiple markets based on their solutions they have built on the Paragon platform. Singtel remains committed to helping partners through the Singtel Partner Programme to develop solutions needed by customers across industries, validation of the solutions,
from the commercial structure and go-to-market support on Singtel’s 5G platform and finally onboarding the applications into the Paragon Marketplace.