Singtel upgrades 4G and WiFi networks, promises customers surfing boost
By Digital News Asia July 29, 2015
- Customers to enjoy better indoor mobile reception in more areas
- Singtel Premium WiFi to be deployed at 123 McDonald’s outlets
SINGAPORE Telecommunications Ltd (Singtel) has embarked on upgrades to its 4G (Fourth Generation) and WiFi networks, which it said would give customers a boost to their mobile connectivity.
On July 28, it became the first telco in South-East Asia to offer a tri-band 4G network with LTE-900 on a commercial basis, it claimed.
The network upgrade will automatically enable Singtel mobile customers with supporting handsets to enjoy better indoor coverage, the company said in a statement.
Separately, Singtel and McDonald’s have signed an agreement to equip McDonald’s outlets across the island with Singtel Premium WiFi.
“Demand for data is growing exponentially and we are always looking for ways to improve the mobile experience for our customers,” said Singtel Mobile Marketing vice president Diana Chen.
“We have invested heavily over the past year to improve the quality and extent of coverage, particularly indoor coverage. We have also enhanced zones that have been in need of a signal boost,” she added.
By March 2016, the network upgrade will be available at over 400 sites across the city, allowing customers to surf much faster, and enjoy better and more consistent download speeds while indoors, even in MRT tunnels.
For a list of supported handsets and sites, go here.
Singtel is partnering closely with Samsung to launch a handset which fully supports tri-band 4G+ in the coming months. By being able to utilise all three spectrum bands, the handset will allow maximum mobile surfing speeds of up to 337Mbps.
Finally, Singtel and McDonald’s have signed an agreement to equip 123 McDonald’s restaurants across the island with Singtel Premium WiFi.
The rollout starts with Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3, Nex and Causeway Point and is expected to be completed by the first half of 2016.
Customers on Singtel’s Combo plans will then be able to tap into the service at over 600 hotspots.
To allow customers to enjoy the free Premium WiFi service, Singtel has extended free unlimited access for another four months to end-November. After that, subscribers will enjoy 2GB of WiFi access per month.
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