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SingTel spends S$150 million to expand 4G mobile network

Zafar Anjum | April 23, 2013
All 3G subscribers upgraded to 42Mbps

Singapore Telecommunications Ltd (SingTel) has expanded its high-speed 4G mobile network to offer nationwide coverage with speeds of up to 150Mbps, the Singapore telco announced today.

SingTel said in a statement that its 4G subscribers can now enjoy nationwide street-level coverage, as well as indoor coverage in more than 550 buildings, including shopping malls, hotels and other commercial properties. SingTel's 4G network is the first in Singapore to offer dual-band street-level coverage nationwide, which doubles the data-handling capacity of the network.

"In the last year, we have spent more than S$150 million (US$121 million) to provide nationwide 4G coverage and will continue to invest to meet fast growing demand," said Yuen Kuan Moon, SingTel's CEO Consumer Singapore. "We strive to deliver the fastest and most consistent mobile broadband experience by implementing some of the most advanced network features and capabilities available."

As another first, SingTel is progressively deploying cutting-edge Multiple-Input-Multiple-Output (MIMO) technology in commercial buildings to boost maximum user download speeds from 75Mbps to 150Mbps, the telco said in its statement. 

SingTel has so far deployed MIMO in busy locations such as Nex, Jurong Point, Changi Airport and Tampines Mall. With this technology, SingTel's network will be ready for the next generation of 4G devices, which will support speeds of up to 150Mbps. Such devices are expected to be available from the second half of this year. More than 300,000 customers have signed up for our 4G service since its launch in June 2012. The majority of our mobile customers will be 4G users by 2015, said Kuan Moon.

SingTel said it has also boosted its 3G network to offer customers with compatible devices download speeds of up to 42Mbps, which is double the maximum speed of 21Mbps.


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