SingTel and Ericsson have successfully enabled today LTE-Advanced speeds of up to 300 Mbps - or double the current speed of up to 150Mbps - at the Singapore Expo. Downlink speeds of up to 300 Mbps using LTE-Advanced carrier aggregation were achieved by combining 20 MHz bandwidth each from SingTel’s 1800MHz and 2600MHz spectrum bands.
SingTel plans to expand the LTE-A service as consumer devices supporting LTE-Advanced become more widely available.
LTE-Advanced, a technology evolution step from the current LTE networks used in Singapore, enables operators to deliver even higher performance mobile data services based on ever-increasing customer needs. Carrier aggregation is an important LTE-Advanced feature which provides higher peak speeds and is being deployed globally.
Tay Yeow Lian, SingTel's Acting Managing Director of Networks, said: "Our customers are seeking higher speeds for their increasingly bandwidth-hungry applications. At SingTel, we are constantly upgrading our networks with the latest technologies to deliver the fastest and most consistent mobile services to meet their digital lifestyle needs. We were the first to launch nationwide dual-band 150Mbps 4G, and are now excited to raise the bar to 300Mbps."
LTE-Advanced is the continuing evolution of 3GPP standards, similar to what occurred with HSPA/HSPA+, with additional features & capabilities progressively added to network capabilities over time, primarily through software feature upgrades.
“With mobile traffic in the region expected to grow by more than 10 times between now and 2019, SingTel has once again taken the lead on ensuring that they continue to deliver a superior customer experience to their customers,” Nicholas Seow, Head of Ericsson Singapore and Brunei, said. “The use of carrier aggregation is an important step towards creating a best performing network for SingTel, and we are pleased to continue being their technology partner on this.”
Ericsson is the market leader in LTE. Today, 50 percent of the world's LTE smartphone traffic is served by Ericsson networks, which is more than double the traffic of our closest competitor. Ericsson also powers the two world's first commercially launched LTE Advanced Carrier Aggregation networks in South Korea. More than 190 LTE RAN and Evolved Packet Core networks have been delivered worldwide, of which more than 130have gone live commercially. Ericsson is present today in all high-traffic LTE markets including the US, Japan, South Korea, Australia and Canada, and has been selected by 10 of the top 10 LTE operators as ranked by LTE subscriptions worldwide. We expect to hold 25 percent of all essential patents in LTE, both for TDD and FDD mode, and we support common hardware and software for FDD and TDD systems, giving operators maximum flexibility in their FDD and TDD deployment.
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