Singtel Partners Ericsson and Samsung to Boost LTE Speeds Beyond 300Mbps

Singapore’s Singtel says that it will soon deliver speeds beyond 300Mbps for its customers. It will use Ericsson’s LTE A technology to deploy a tri band Carrier Aggregation service to boost mobile speeds.

Tri-band Carrier Aggregation (also called three-carrier LTE-Advanced) is a step up from the current dual-carrier LTE networks used by Singtel. The technology combines bandwidth from three of Singtel’s spectrum bands to deliver higher performance mobile data services.

The tri-band Carrier Aggregation service will be progressively deployed in Singapore over the next two years with trials beginning in Q2 2015. Samsung will be providing devices supporting tri-band Carrier Aggregation for the trial.

Mr Yuen Kuan Moon, Singtel’s CEO of Consumer Singapore says:

“With smartphone penetration rates of over 85 percent in Singapore, data download speed is very important to our customers. This is why we continue to invest in improving our technology to ensure we deliver the fastest and most consistent experience to our customers.”


Singtel and Ericsson Partner to Explore Future of 5G

SingTel and Ericsson have announced their partnership to evaluate and test technologies that are candidates for future 5G standardization.

The two companies have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to explore future 5G networks and to address a wide range of use cases from consumers to industries. The companies will also study how 5G technology can support Singapore’s vision of being a “Smart Nation.”

Tay Soo Meng, Group Chief Technology Officer, SingTel, says:

“We see 5G as a potential technology that will support very advanced communication needs in the future. We will endeavor to explore, study and possibly trial the 5G technologies to ensure SingTel continues its technology leadership in the mobile communications domain.”

Sam Saba, Region Head of, Ericsson South East Asia & Oceania, says:

“5G will enable the full potential of Ericsson’s vision of the Networked Society, where everything that can be connected will be connected. This partnership with SingTel will enable us to further explore the opportunities that will arise with 5G, utilizing our market-leading technologies to develop our solutions and empower people, business and society in Singapore.”

With the expected 5G adoption to begin around 2020, Ericsson is focusing on how the industry will adopt the 5G standard globally to deliver capabilities and services beyond the mainstream 4G offerings.

Both companies are to form a team to study potential 5G candidate technologies which can be applicable to Singapore. The agreement allows flexibility for Ericsson and SingTel to explore a wide range of areas including, but not limited to, technologies to support Massive Machine Type Communications (MTC) and evolution to a cloud-based network.

SingTel, Ericsson and Qualcomm Deliver 260Mbps Download Speeds in FDD/TDD Carrier Aggregation Tests

SingTel Mobile and equipment vendors Ericsson and Qualcomm have reportedly achieved peak download speeds of 260Mbps during a live demonstration of frequency division duplexing (FDD)/time division duplexing (TDD) carrier aggregation (CA) technology. The test used Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 processor and Ericsson Long Term Evolution (LTE) software designed to support the company’s RBS6000 family of base transceiver stations (BTS) for macro and small-cell networks. During the live test, the Swedish vendor aggregated 20MHz of LTE FDD spectrum with 20MHz of LTE TDD spectrum, supporting peak data rates of up to 260Mbps.

Commenting on the trial, Tay Yeow Lian, managing director for SingTel Networks division, said:

“We are using dual-layers of LTE FDD with LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) carrier aggregation, and we know the performance of our mobile network is critical to ensuring that our customers have a great experience on their smartphones and tablets … We will continue to explore the future option of bundling TDD spectrum into LTE CA to expand network capacity, allowing our customers to enjoy consistent high data speed download even at high traffic areas.”

Industry watchers expect that commercial devices capable of supporting FDD/TDD CA will be available from next year.

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