SingTel taps Ericsson for DC-HSPA roll-out
17 September 2012 |
Singaporean carrier SingTel has partnered with Ericsson to provide superior mobile broadband services to consumers through a DC-HSPA upgrade on its 3G network.
Through the deployment, SingTel’s 3G network will offer maximum theoretical data speeds of 42Mbps, complementing the carrier’s 4G LTE network.
Ericsson will supply its multi-standard radio-access network, supporting evolved packet core and evolved packet gateway technology for the deployment.
"With the introduction of LTE-capable smartphones and tablets, meeting consumer demands for faster services and better performance is critical. We have been working hard on the roll-out of our network with Ericsson," said Yuen Kuan Moon, CEO Consumer Singapore at SingTel.
Part of the justification for the roll-out comes from a recent Ericsson study which found that Singaporeans are ranked number one in the world for smartphone ownership, at 74% population penetration, and number two for tablet ownership, at 31% population penetration. Both factors that are fuelling mobile data traffic growth in the city state.
SingTel’s 4G network operates on the 1.8GHz and 2.6GHz frequencies and is planned to cover 80% of Singapore by the end of the year. Island-wide coverage is expected to be achieved by early 2013. The carrier is also engaged in a small cell deployment in high traffic areas.
Ericsson has a long-standing relationship with SingTel and has helped deploy the carrier’s 2G, 3G and 4G networks.