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Singtel achieves Asia-Pacific first 1.1Gbps peak wireless speeds with new LAA configuration

By James Lu - on 11 Dec 2017, 3:38pm

Singtel achieves Asia-Pacific first 1.1Gbps peak wireless speeds with new LAA configuration

Singtel and Ericsson have announced that they have successfully achieved a peak wireless speed of 1.1Gbps in a joint trial of a new configuration of Licensed Assisted Access (LAA) technology.

Conducted in a Singtel laboratory, the trial delivered speeds that breached the 1Gbps barrier by combining several key LTE technologies including 256 QAM, 4x4 MIMO, and aggregating two licensed and three unlicensed spectrum bands on a TM500 Test System device.

Singtel plans to use the unique 12-layered LAA configuration to provide two to three times faster network speeds than prevailing peak LTE speeds  in high traffic indoor environments such as shopping malls. Following this successful trial, Singtel will explore the feasibility to deploy the technology on Singtel’s network.

Mr Mark Chong, Singtel’s Group Chief Technology Officer says: “We are very encouraged by this breakthrough in peak speeds. In Singapore, a large percentage of mobile traffic is generated indoors with more mobile customers browsing the web, streaming video and accessing cloud applications on the go. We are now in a position to deploy LAA technology to boost our LTE mobile capacity to meet increasing traffic demand. This will allow us to deliver a faster and more reliable mobile connectivity experience even during peak periods.”