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Singapore speeds toward its Smart Nation vision

A successful network pilot by Singtel and Ericsson has also achieved 1Gbps speeds using 4x4 MIMO technology

The 450Mbps service is available to all Singtel 4G customers at no extra cost
The 450Mbps service is available to all Singtel 4G customers at no extra cost

The 4G and 5G push is in support of Singapore's Smart Nation vision

Singtel will start to deliver up to 1Gbps speeds at high-traffic locations

Singapore has taken a step closer to 5G and further bolstered its smart city credentials with the deployment of the country’s fastest mobile network. Telecommunications company Singtel has rolled out a 450Mbps 4G LTE-Advanced service, delivering up to 50 per cent faster download speeds than prevailing LTE services.


Singtel claims the enhanced peak speed will allow customers to download a full length HD movie in less than two minutes over mobile data. The 450Mbps service is available to all Singtel 4G customers at no additional charge.


“Singtel is investing ahead to deliver faster speeds and wider connections with the steady deployment of innovative technologies on our live network,” said Mr Yuen Kuan Moon, chief executive officer, consumer Singapore.


This speed enhancement is made possible by Singtel’s nationwide LTE network upgrade to support 256 Quadrature Amplitude Modulation, or 256 QAM. A pre-5G technology, 256 QAM increases the number of unique radio waveform shapes to carry up to 33.33 per cent higher data and elevates spectral efficiency.


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 ultra-fast download speed was achieved by deploying 256 QAM downlink, 4x4 Multiple Input Multiple Output (4x4 MIMO) and triple carrier aggregation technologies. 4x4 MIMO doubles the number of data paths between a cellular base station and mobile phones, delivering a speed boost of up to two times normal speeds.


Singtel will progressively roll-out 4x4 MIMO technology on its network starting next year to deliver up to 1Gbps speeds at selected high-traffic locations. Supporting mobile devices are expected to be ready by end 2017.


Mr Yuen added, “Achieving 1Gbps 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.”


Singtel and Ericsson are leading the way for 4G and 5G in the country, in support of Singapore’s “Smart Nation” vision and the anticipated four-fold growth in connected devices. Recently, Singtel and Ericsson jointly won the “Advancing the Road to 5G” accolade at the Global Telecoms Awards 2016 for Singtel’s nationwide IoT-ready 4G LTE network.


Martin Wiktorin, country manager of Ericsson Singapore and Brunei, said: “As user expectations for high speed internet and the ability to use apps on the move increase, network innovations with new advanced technologies are required to enable superior network performance.


"Ericsson, as a long-standing strategic partner of Singtel for over 20 years, is pleased to collaborate with Singtel to deliver innovative and advanced services to their customers and to further explore the opportunities that will arise with 5G.”


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