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Singtel launches 800Mbps mobile data speeds at selected locations

By James Lu - on 29 Jul 2017, 9:36am

Singtel launches 800Mbps mobile data speeds at selected locations

Singtel has announced that it has launched near-gigabit mobile data speeds on its LTE-Advanced network at selected locations across Singapore, starting with Orchard Road. 

At 800Mbps, the new transfer speeds will be Southeast Asia’s fastest Gigabit-class LTE mobile data speed, and nearly twice as fast as Singtel's current nationwide mobile data speed of 450Mbps.

Mr Mark Chong, Group Chief Technology Officer, Singtel, said, “As a leader in network innovation, we are committed to pushing the limits in network speeds, coverage and capacity, so we can continue delivering Singapore’s best mobile experience to our customers. We look forward to rolling out more network technology enhancements this year.”

The 800mbps speeds are achieved by scaling pre-5G technology solutions, 4x4 Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (4x4 MIMO) and 256 Quadrature Amplitude Modulation (QAM), coupled with triple carrier aggregation of spectrum exclusive to Singtel.

Mr Martin Wiktorin, President of Ericsson Singapore, Brunei and Philippines said, “We are pleased to again partner with Singtel on this important step in the journey towards 5G. In delivering Singtel’s Gigabit-class LTE network, we are enabling an enhanced consumer experience as well as supporting Singapore’s Smart Nation vision, which will see the increase in bandwidth intensive applications.”

Starting today, customers with Sony Xperia XZ Premium smartphones will be able to enjoy the 800Mbps peak speeds at the outdoor areas of Shaw Centre, ION Orchard and Tang Plaza on Orchard Road. Full deployment at Orchard Road, Raffles Place and Clarke Quay is slated for the end of August. More Cat 16 smartphones supporting 1Gbps speeds are scheduled to be launched later this year.

First published on July 21, 2017.