Singtel now offers 450Mbps mobile data speeds
By Digital News Asia January 12, 2017
- The service allows users to achieve 50% faster download speeds than prevailing LTE services
- Managed to demonstrate that its network was able to achieve up to 1Gbps LTE download data speeds
Archive pic: Singtel's top management poses during its re-branding exercise
Singapore's dominant telecommunications company Singapore Telecommunications Ltd (Singtel) has launched its fastest mobile network with tne nationwide deployment of a 450Mbps 4G LTE-Advanced service.
The service allows users to achieve 50% faster download speeds than "conventional" LTE services. This means, users can 'theoretically' download a full length HD movie in less than two minutes over mobile data.
The service is also available to its customers without additional charges.
Yuen Kuan Moon, chief executive officer of Singtel's consumer (Singapore), said that the launch is a testament of the company's commitment to give consumer a good mobile data experience.
"Singtel is investing ahead to deliver faster speeds and wider connections with the deployment of innovative technologies on our live network. With more customers consuming and sharing mobile videos, 450Mbps speeds will enable them to download movies in a flash and give them a better entertainment experience while on the go," said Yuen.
The company said that the speed enhancement is possible by Singtel's nationwide LTE network upgrade to support 256 Quadrature Amplitude Modulation (QAM). A pre-5G technology, 256 QAM increases the number of unique radio waveform shapes to carry up to 33.33% higher data and elevates spectral efficiency.
However, not all phones are able to enjoy such service. Today, only limited phones can that has the carrier aggregation technologies.
Singtel said that customers using Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge can enjoy 450Mbps speeds starting yesterday. LG V20 users will also be able to enjoy the speeds with a soon-to-be released software update.
Meanwhile, Singtel and Ericsson managed to demonstrate that its network was able to achieve up to 1Gbps LTE download data speeds at two sites in Paris Ris.
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