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A Speedy Guide to 4G/LTE

Your Guide to 4G/LTE Products, Services and More


Introduction to 4G LTE

Recently, the terms "4G" and "LTE" are used frequently in the papers and on the Internet. What exactly is 4G LTE? What does it mean? How does it benefit you as a consumer?

Well, LTE stands for Long Term Evolution. To be precise, its full name is 3GPP Long Term Evolution for the Universal Mobile Telecommunications System, or 3GPP UMTS LTE for short. Well, to put it simply, LTE is the next evolution of mobile networks which is expected to offer higher speeds and lower latencies. Commonly referred as the fourth generation (4G) mobile network, the LTE network delivers theoretical download speeds of up to 75Mbps.

Coverage Areas

All three telcos have launched their 4G LTE networks respectively although they are at different stages of deployment. SingTel is currently working to extend its 4G coverage to 80% by December 2012 and complete its island-wide rollout in early 2013.

On the other hand, M1 is the first in South East Asia to roll out a nationwide 4G network. StarHub's 4G network is limited to the Central Business District, Changi Airport and Singapore Expo. It will expand its 4G coverage to more than half the island by end of the year and is scheduled to complete nationwide coverage in 2013.

4G Devices Available Now

If you are considering a 4G device, there is a growing number of products available now. For smartphones, you have the HTC One XL, LG Optimus True HD LTE, Samsung Galaxy S II LTE, Galaxy Note LTE and Galaxy S III LTE to choose from. There's also the upcoming 4G version of the Samsung Galaxy Note II that's coming to Singapore.

For tablets, you have ASUS Transformer Pad TF300TL (an LTE edition of the Transformer Pad TF300) and Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE. In case you are wondering why the third generation Apple iPad is not included, it is because the device operates on frequency bands which are not supported by the local telcos


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4G/LTE Product Reviews and Feature Articles
Hands-on: HTC One (M8) Smartphone

Hands-on: HTC One (M8) Smartphone

FEATURE / 25 Mar 2014 / By Sidney Wong

HTC finally took the wraps off its latest flagship smartphone, the One (M8) after much anticipation, leaks and teaser videos. It comes with two rear cameras, a slightly larger display, and a new Sense 6 interface. We take it for a quick spin, so read on to find out about our initial impressions.

LG G Pro 2 review

LG G Pro 2 Phablet - An Upsized G2

REVIEW / 19 Mar 2014 / By Sidney Wong

The LG G Pro 2 has been billed as the "best of phablets" which is always learning from you. As the successor to the value-oriented Optimus G Pro phablet, what new features does the G Pro 2 bring to the table? Can LG take on Samsung and others in the phablet market? Find out in this review of their flagship product!

Hands-on: Huawei Ascend G6 4G

Hands-on: Huawei Ascend G6 4G

FEATURE / 25 Feb 2014 / By Dr. Jimmy Tang

Huawei unveiled their latest social-friendly Ascend G6 4G smartphone at MWC 2014. The phone features a 5-megapixel front facing camera that lets you take better selfies through its unique wide-angle lens.

Nokia Lumia 625 review

Nokia Lumia 625 - Affordable Big-Screen Windows Phone

REVIEW / 31 Dec 2013 / By Sidney Wong

Nokia targets the mass market with the Lumia 625 which comes with a 4.7-inch display, 4G LTE connectivity, a 5-megapixel rear camera, a microSD card slot and a very affordable price tag. Will the Nokia Lumia 625 sway consumers over to the Windows Phone camp? Let's find out in this review.

Year-End Review of Singapore 4G LTE Networks - Western Zone

Year-End Review of Singapore 4G LTE Networks - Western Zone

FEATURE / 20 Dec 2013 / By Sidney Wong

In today's segment of our ongoing year-end nationwide LTE network performance testing, join us we share our findings from the western sector of Singapore such as Boon Lay, Chua Chu Kang and Jurong.

Year-End Review of Singapore 4G LTE Networks - Eastern Zone

Year-End Review of Singapore 4G LTE Networks - Eastern Zone

FEATURE / 19 Dec 2013 / By Sidney Wong

Join us as we scour across Singapore to test the nation's LTE network performance. In this segment of our year-end review, find out how the eastern sector of our little island fared.

Year-End Review of Singapore 4G LTE Networks - Southern Zone

Year-End Review of Singapore 4G LTE Networks - Southern Zone

FEATURE / 18 Dec 2013 / By Sidney Wong

Having tested the 4G LTE coverage of six shopping malls in Orchard, we decided to expand our year-end review to include coverage tests in other parts of Singapore. Hop in to to find out how the southern sector of our little island fared.

Year-End Review of Singapore 4G LTE Networks - Northern Zone

Year-End Review of Singapore 4G LTE Networks - Northern Zone

FEATURE / 17 Dec 2013 / By Sidney Wong

Having tested the 4G LTE coverage of six shopping malls in Orchard, we decided to expand our year-end review to include coverage tests in other parts of Singapore. Hop in to to find out how the northern zone of our little island fared.