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You can now get up to 1Gbps mobile data speeds on StarHub’s 4G network

By Ng Chong Seng - on 8 Apr 2018, 7:05am

You can now get up to 1Gbps mobile data speeds on StarHub’s 4G network

The race is on to provide mobile users gigabit 4G LTE speeds across Singapore. After Singtel, StarHub is the latest to announce today (Apr 6) that it has a 1Gbps-capable 4G network, and it is now commercially available.

According to StarHub, this 400Mbps-to-1Gbps speed boost is free to all customers on its Unlimited Weekend postpaid plans, which are first announced in August 2017.

At the moment, StarHub’s gigabit 4G technology is already deployed at the Central Business District, as well as key shopping areas, transport hubs, and heartland town centers, including Bedok, Bishan, Chinatown, Clarke Quay, Clementi, Orchard Road, and Tampines. StarHub says it’ll expand coverage to other high-traffic areas in stages based on network traffic insights.

StarHub’s upgrading of its 4G network to be gigabit capable shouldn't come as a surprise, as the telco did announce last National Day that it has upgraded its 4G network capacity with TDD-LTE (using its new 2.5GHz spectrum) and would be using it to serve the huge crowds at and around the parade. The key difference between then and now is the availability of compatible handsets, such as the Huawei P20.

Here are a few handsets that support StarHub’s gigabit 4G network:

In addition, StarHub says it’s modernizing its network to enable Narrowband-IoT (NB-IoT), which will provide connectivity for the deployment of IoT devices. As Singapore works to become a smart nation, data from these sensors will help enterprises gain insights that can be used to improve operational efficiency and aid in long-term planning. The telco and Nokia have also have signed a multi-year agreement under which Nokia will deploy network upgrades for StarHub using its advanced radio access, small cells, virtualized core, and IP routing technologies, as well as its cloud orchestration and signaling, network management, security, IoT, self-organizing network, and session border controller software.

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