Note: This feature was first published on 4 Sept 2020.
After last week's taste test of StarHub's 5G trial network, the HWZ team wondered if there's more to the speeds we were seeing. After all, 5G is slated to offer amazing latency and gigabit-speeds regardless of SA or NSA infrastructure. We also wondered if the network coverage improved since our last brush with it, since it expanded from 53% to 60% coverage in just one week. Before long, we were off on another road trip around other parts of Singapore to see whether StarHub has made good on its word for 5G expansion.
Well, the network was still quite challenging to catch, especially when our testing sometimes showed a 4G signal when we were connected to the 5G network, but it certainly has expanded beyond our expectations. We've added some new areas into the mix, such as Changi Airport, the general Jurong area, and also Singapore's hub for Smart Nation, Biopolis and Fusionopolis.
We've kept the testing parameters similar to our last run. However, our curiosity has led us to try pitting it against StarHub's very own 4G network for comparisons.
Our speed tests were undertaken across multiple days:
After driving about 150km, spending S$11 on parking charges, lots of walking in between, and busting our own StarHub's grandfathered L plan's mobile data allotment by another 8GB (it only had 8GB to begin with), what did we find out about StarHub's new 5G network?
Before we go on to the test results per area, here are our testing parameters:
Hit the next page to find out what results we achieved!