Near-gigabit transmission speeds are achieved by scaling pre-5G technology solutions
Singtel has partnered with Ericsson to launch near-gigabit mobile data speeds at selected high-traffic outdoor locations across Singapore.
At 800Mbps, the telecoms operator claims it is Southeast Asia’s fastest Gigabit-class LTE mobile data peak speed, delivering up to 60 per cent faster download speeds than previous LTE services.
Singtel said the near-gigabit transmission speeds are achieved by scaling pre-5G technology solutions, 4x4 multiple-input multiple-output (4x4 MIMO) and 256 quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM), coupled with triple carrier aggregation of spectrum exclusive to the company.
“We are pleased to again partner with Singtel on this important step in the journey towards 5G,” said Martin Wiktorin, president of Ericsson Singapore, Brunei and Philippines.
“In delivering Singtel’s Gigabit-class LTE network, we are enabling an enhanced consumer experience as well as supporting Singapore’s smart nation vision, which will see the increase in bandwidth intensive applications.”
Singtel’s customers with Sony Xperia XZ Premium smartphones will be able to experience the 800Mbps peak speeds at the outdoor areas of Shaw Centre, ION Orchard and at Tang Plaza, Orchard Road on the island
Full deployment at Orchard Road, Raffles Place and Clarke Quay is slated for the end of August. More Cat 16 smartphones supporting 1Gbps speeds are scheduled to be introduced later this year.
“As a leader in network innovation, we are committed to pushing the limits in network speeds, coverage and capacity, so we can continue delivering Singapore’s best mobile experience to our customers,” added Mark Chong, group chief technology officer, Singtel.
“We look forward to rolling out more network technology enhancements this year.”
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A successful network pilot by Singtel and Ericsson has also achieved 1Gbps speeds using 4x4 MIMO technology