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Singapore government arm backs laser startup as 5G race heats up

Transcelestial to start production of 'virtual fibre' network equipment

Transcelestial uses laser technology to send data across networking devices, which it says is more affordable than fiber optic cables (Photo courtesy of Transcelestial).

TOKYO -- A Singapore government arm has invested in Transcelestial, a local startup developing low-cost networking equipment, as the race for 5G rollout intensifies across Asia.

Founded in 2016, Transcelestial is developing devices that use laser technology to send data to each other, rather than fiber optic cables. The company says the devices, which are about the size of a shoe box and mounted on poles or cell towers, are easier to set up and more affordable than laying fiber in a city.

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