M1 Singapore rolls out commercial HetNet, part of 5G network roadmap

M1 announced that it has commenced the rollout of Singapore’s first commercial nationwide HetNet with the technology from Nokia.

M1’s HetNet combines large and small cells with different radio technologies such as cellular and wifi. This HetNet roll out overlaid Nokia Flexi Zone small cells and wifi equipment on M1’s 4G network. The operator expects this upgrade to boost download speeds to more than 1Gbps by 2017.

HetNet will enable M1 to provide the best coverage and network capacity to meet the escalating consumer demands and paving the way for 5G network roll out.

“We’re pleased to see another milestone in M1 and Nokia’s joint efforts in bringing advanced technology to real life,” said Nokia APAC VP Sandeep Girotra. “M1 is Nokia’s first customer for Flexi Zone Multiband Base Transceiver Station in Asia and this project has demonstrated our continuous commitment to support the operator’s bold steps towards 5G.”

“Our HetNet rollout will enable us to further enrich our customers’ lives,” said Karen Kooi, CEO of M1. “This HetNet deployment is also an integral part of our 5G network roadmap, the infrastructure on which we will build an ubiquitous on-demand, high-performance 5G service for our customers and that enables us to support our Smart Nation vision.”

“The results from our HetNet technology trials were positive,” said Gabriel Lim, Chief Executive-Designate, Info-communications Media Development Authority of Singapore (IMDA).

“90% of users enjoyed a better mobile experience, with faster download and upload speeds. We are pleased that the trials have given our partners such as M1 useful insights and confidence to further enhance the mobile experience through commercial HetNet deployment,” he said.