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SingTel spends S$150 million for nationwide 4G roll-out

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Singapore Telecommunications has announced that it has spend S$150 million for nationwide 4G rollout in the country.

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The company has expanded its high-speed 4G mobile network to offer nationwide coverage with speeds of up to 150 Mbps.

SingTel's 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.

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

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SingTel's 4G network is the first in Singapore to offer dual-band street-level coverage nationwide. This dual-band capability doubles the data-handling capacity of the network, allowing customers to enjoy a superior multimedia experience during peak periods for applications such as video and music streaming, web surfing, file downloads and online games.

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 75 Mbps to 150 Mbps. 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 150 Mbps. Such devices are expected to be available from the second half of this year.

Yuen said "More than 300,000 customers have signed up for our 4G service since its launch in June 2012. As more 4G-enabled devices become available in the market, we expect the pace of adoption to accelerate. We believe that the majority of our mobile customers will be 4G users by 2015."

As part of an accelerated network upgrade programme, SingTel has also enhanced its 3G network to offer customers with compatible devices download speeds of up to 42 Mbps, which is double the maximum speed of 21 Mbps they previously enjoyed. All 3G Flexi plan subscribers will be

progressively upgraded to 42Mbps over the coming months at no extra charge.

"We have received positive customer feedback about improvements in 3G network coverage and speeds. In some locations, customers have reported as much as a 4-fold increase in mobile broadband speeds," said Yuen.

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