SingTel, in collaboration with Samsung and Ericsson have unveiled a commercial 300Mbps 4G LTE-Advanced service for smartphones.
The service will be available from 23 August 2014 when SingTel launches the Samsung GALAXY S5 4G+, the first handset globally to be compatible with 4G LTE-Advanced networks. Another compatible smartphone, the Samsung GALAXY Alpha 4G+, will be available from SingTel in September 2014.
Tay Yeow Lian, SingTel’s Managing Director of Networks, said: “From streaming videos to web surfing and uploading selfies, customers are doing more with their smartphones. With this launch, SingTel customers will be the first in the world to enjoy the benefits of the fastest phone on the fastest network.”
“We are constantly enhancing our networks with the latest technologies to provide our customers with the best possible experience for today’s increasingly bandwidth-hungry applications,” he said.
Network now covers more than half of Singapore
SingTel has been working with its mobile network equipment provider, Ericsson, to rapidly expand its 4G LTE-Advanced network across Singapore.
Street level coverage now extends to more than 55 per cent of the island, including areas such as Orchard, the CBD, Shenton Way, City Hall, Ang Mo Kio, Tampines, Jurong, Telok Blangah and Woodlands. (Please refer to the coverage map in Annex 1 for details).
Tay said: “We have accelerated our network roll out programme and are on track to achieve nationwide outdoor coverage by the first quarter of 2015.”
Indoor coverage is currently available at 29 busy locations such as Plaza Singapura, Bugis Junction, Suntec City, Raffles City, Tampines Mall and Changi Airport.
“Samsung is proud to unveil the first 4G LTE-Advanced smart phones in Singapore. We recognise that consumers aspire to do more, and what matters most to them is technology that helps them live the lifestyle they desire and gives them the quickest access to their apps and social networks. With devices like the Samsung GALAXY S5 4G+, consumers will be at the forefront of technology – and be able to use a smart phone that pairs powerful hardware with the fastest download speeds,” said Irene Ng, Vice President, Regional Marketing, Samsung Asia Pte Ltd.”
Raymond Soh, Head of Engagement Practices, Singapore & Brunei, Ericsson, said: “By building high performance mobile networks, SingTel provides its customers with mobile services that enrich their lives. Apps on smartphones and tablets are increasingly becoming the way we navigate our day and Carrier Aggregation ensures that customers always get the best experience on-the-go, even at cell edges.”