Singtel launches 450 Mbps LTE-Advanced service nationwide
Singapore telecommunications operator Singtel has launched nationwide LTE-Advanced service. Singtel claimed that the newly launched LTE-Advanced network is 50 percent faster than existing LTE services. According to the telco its new network is capable of supporting network speeds up to 450 Mbps. The telco said the service is available to all Singtel 4G customers with compatible devices at no additional charge.
The LTE upgrade includes support for the 256 Quadrature Amplitude Modulation (256 QAM) pre-5G technology. Customers with Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 edge can now access increased download speed of 450Mbps. LG V20 users will also be able to access the higher speeds with a soon-to-be released software update. More compatible smartphone models are expected to be launched by early 2017.
Singtel and Ericsson have also demonstrated download speeds of up to 1Gbps in a live 4G network pilot at two sites in Pasir Ris. This download speed was achieved by deploying 256 QAM downlink, 4×4 Multiple Input Multiple Output (4×4 MIMO) and 3CA technologies.
Singtel plans to gradually roll out 4×4 MIMO technology on its network to deliver up to 1Gbps speeds at selected high-traffic locations. Supporting mobile devices are expected to be ready by end of the year.
“Achieving 1 Gbps speeds on our live network marks a significant milestone in our journey to ‘5G.’ We’re focused on driving further network innovation to extend our leadership and deliver the benefits of the latest technological advances to meet our customers’ digital lifestyle needs,” said Yuen Kuan, CEO of Singtel’s Singapore consumer business.
Singtel launched its commercial 4G LTE services in December 2011, and currently offers service using spectrum in the 900 MHz, 1800 MHz and 2.6 GHz bands.