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MyRepublic Mobile’s mobility trial will begin on 22 October this year

By Wong Chung Wee - on 27 Aug 2015, 4:34pm

MyRepublic Mobile’s mobility trial will begin on 22 October this year

(Image source: MyRepublic)

According to MyRepublic’s Facebook post, the Jurong East Mobility Trial will begin on 22 October this year. These are the tentative steps taken by MyRepublic Mobility in its quest to become the 4th local telecommunications company since we last reported its endeavor in May this year.

The mobility trial will be limited to a specific coverage area in Jurong East, and testers will be issued a Xiaomi Mi 4i; there’s also a requisite S$50 deposit that will be refunded at the end of the trial. But the Xiaomi smartphone will be offered as a keepsake to each tester as a token of appreciation. During the trial, the tester will enjoy unlimited 4G data, which is probably the main selling point of the trial.

The test coverage map of the Jurong East Mobility Trail. According to the map's legend, the areas marked in purple are intended for indoor coverage; while the streets marked in blue are for testing outdoor coverage. (Image source: MyRepublic)

There are limitations to the coverage of the trial mobility network; according to the network coverage map, indoor reception is limited to three locations; the 7th Day Adventist Church, the Jurong East MRT and its adjacent temporary bus interchange. Outdoor reception appears to be confined to an area that contains a cluster of buildings that include the CPF Jurong Building, JCube and the Jurong Regional Library.

In order to qualify as a trial user, you need to fill up a questionnaire that will determine your eligibility. Upon a successful application, you, as a trial user, will be required to carry out some daily tasks throughout the duration of the 8-week trial, like uploading Facebook photos and making voice calls. You will also be required to take a “tour” of the test coverage area.

For interested trial applicants, please visit this link; however, it is preferred that the trial users reside or work near the coverage area. To reiterate its commitment to being the 4th local telco, MyRepublic said they have submitted feedback to the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore's (IDA) consultation paper before its August 26 deadline. In its consultation paper, IDA wanted to “gauge industry interest”, and explore the possibility of new entrants to create a “more vibrant wireless and mobile landscape in Singapore.”

(Source: MyRepublic (1), (2), IDA)