SingTel targets nationwide LTE-A coverage in March

SingTel targets nationwide LTE-A coverage in March

16 FEB 2015

SingTel said it expects its LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) service, which it launched in August, to cover the entire city-state next month.

At launch SingTel, Singapore’s largest operator with a 51 per cent market share, said it was the first in the world to roll out a commercial LTE-A network supporting theoretical peak download speeds of up to 300Mb/s.

Rival M1 claimed in December to have nationwide LTE-A coverage, offering similar peak rates as SingTel. The unofficial threshold for the ‘nationwide coverage’ claim is 95 per cent coverage.

StarHub, meanwhile, has said it plans to have full LTE-A coverage by Q3.

In Asia multiple operators have launched LTE-A service in Australia, Hong Kong and South Korea.

South Korea’s SK Telecom announced in June that its new LTE-A service supports speeds of up to 225Mb/s using carrier aggregation. Rival LG Uplus also trialled tri-band LTE carrier aggregation using kit from Huawei, which it claimed can offer peak speeds of 300Mb/s.

In May Telstra demonstrated network speeds of 450Mb/s also using LTE-A carrier aggregation technology.

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Joseph Waring joins Mobile World Live as the Asia editor for its new Asia channel. Before joining the GSMA, Joseph was group editor for Telecom Asia for more than ten years. In addition to writing features, news and blogs, he...

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