SingTel is launching a range of 4G/LTE services this year, in collaboration with Ericsson. The services include 300Mbps mobile broadband service with LTE-Advanced, improved video streaming with LTE Broadcast technology, and enhanced indoor coverage with Ericsson Radio Dot System technology.
SingTel is upgrading its Singapore 4G network to LTE-Advanced later this year. With this upgrade, maximum data speeds of its 4G service will be boosted to 300Mbps, double the speed presently offered. LTE-Advanced enables the aggregation of multiple mobile spectrum bands, delivering higher data speeds, greater spectral efficiency, and an increase in system capacity. Network performance on the cell edge will also be greatly improved, providing mobile users with better coverage and experience.
To enhance the experience for many Singapore consumers who use their mobile devices to view videos, SingTel will undertake a trial of LTE Broadcast technology in the second half of the year. Based on Ericsson’s Evolved Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Service (eMBMS) solution, LTE Broadcast will enable a virtually unlimited number of mobile users in densely populated areas to stream high quality live broadcast videos simultaneously to their mobile devices. In addition, the technology will greatly enhance the video viewing experience at live events with capabilities such as access to multiple camera angles, feeds, and statistics in real-time.
To address the challenges of ensuring high quality mobile voice and data services within buildings, SingTel will undertake a trial of Ericsson Radio Dot System solution in the second half of the year. The Ericsson Radio Dot System enables operators to deliver high-performance coverage and capacity in any size or type of building. It is designed to integrate seamlessly with SingTel’s LTE and 3G networks to deliver a consistent user experience and ensure that indoor and outdoor networks evolve in unison. It extends 4G and 3G coverage to hard-to-reach areas in offices and apartments where mobile signals are blocked by walls and partitions, and will complement SingTel’s recent roll-out of Small Cells such as underground basements and car parks where conventional base stations and radio network equipment cannot be installed.