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Singtel launches 450 Mbps LTE-A service nationwide

Wednesday 11 January 2017 | 09:02 CET | News

Singapore mobile operator Singtel has deployed a 450Mbps 4G LTE-Advanced service nationwide. Singtel says the new service delivers up to 50 percent faster download speeds than prevailing LTE services. The 450Mbps service is available to all Singtel 4G customers at no additional charge.

The speed enhancement is supported by Singtel’s nationwide LTE network upgrade to support the 256 Quadrature Amplitude Modulation (256 QAM) pre-5G technology. Customers with Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 edge can now access 450Mbps speeds. LG V20 users will also be able to access the higher speeds with a soon-to-be released software update. More compatible smartphone models are expected to be launched by early 2017.

Singtel and Ericsson have also demonstrated download speeds of up to 1Gbps in a live 4G network pilot at two sites in Pasir Ris. This download speed was achieved by deploying 256 QAM downlink, 4x4 Multiple Input Multiple Output (4x4 MIMO) and triple carrier aggregation technologies.

Singtel plans to gradually roll out 4x4 MIMO technology on its network to deliver up to 1Gbps speeds at selected high-traffic locations. Supporting mobile devices are expected to be ready by end-2017.



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