Singapore’s SingTel and Ericsson are trialing LTE network at SingTel’s headquarters, Comcentre. The carrier’s plan is to progressively upgrade its existing HSPA network over the next 12-24 months to be LTE-ready. Likewise, commercial deployment is slated to take place in phases, subject to the availability of frequency spectrum and commercial LTE mobile devices.
Commenting on the trial, SingTel’s Executive VP of Consumer division, Mr Yuen Kuan Moon, said: “This trial gives a glimpse into what the future can offer our customers in the mobile broadband space. We are excited by the breakthrough applications that will be supported on an ultra high-speed and robust mobile network that is able to satisfy consumers’ growing appetite for bandwidth. LTE technology will further enrich our customers’ multimedia mobile lifestyle and experience, offering them access to a wide range of 3D and HD services concurrently. SingTel is working closely with our pool of mobile applications developers to turn ideas that work on the latest technology into reality.”
In related news, SingTel said it will support Bhart Airtel in its bid for Zain’s African assets. The Singapore’s company owns almost a third of the Indian operator.