M1 4G LTE Coverage on East-West Line
M1 announced that it is the first telco in South East Asia to launch a nationwide 4G LTE network. A remarkable achievement over its competitors, isn't it? SingTel only had 50% coverage at launch and will only complete its islandwide roll-out in early 2013. StarHub will launch its first phase of its LTE network by the end of the year.
We put M1's claim to the test with our ambitious mission to check out its 4G connectivity on SMRT's train network. In response to readers' feedback on our previous article, we decided to run the Speedtest.net app this time to provide our readers a rough idea of what download and upload speeds to expect on the train platforms.
This is on the premise that the majority of users will be surfing on their mobile devices while waiting for the trains to arrive. This article will be a guide for 4G subscribers (with 4G-enabled phones) as to where they can switch to the LTE network to enjoy a faster and better web browsing experience. We also drove to several areas across the island to check if M1's 4G network truly provides nationwide coverage.
Before we proceed with the rest of the article, please take note of the following:
- For the purpose of this article, we used the HTC One XL. As the hardware specs differ across various LTE smartphones, signal strength, reception and performance may differ.
- M1's 4G network coverage currently does not extend to underpasses, tunnels and underground MRT stations. This is no different from SingTel's 4G network. Therefore, we only covered stations that are above ground.