Ericsson is partnering Singapore mobile phone operator SingTel for the launch of its commercial 4G/LTE services.
Ericsson has enjoyed a long relationship with SingTel, which began with the delivery of the operator’s existing 2G networks. Ericsson played an important role in transforming SingTel’s current 2G/3G network into a multi-standard network with 4G/LTE capability through a full turnkey project that includes installation, commissioning and radio optimization services.
The SingTel 4G/LTE networks is deployed on both the 1.8GHz and 2.6GHz frequency bands with 80% coverage by the end of this year and full island wide coverage by early 2013. SingTel will also deploy heterogeneous network solutions, including small cells designed to cater to high-traffic areas.
To provide a better mobile data experience across networks, the 3G network has been upgraded to peak rates of 42Mbps, using Dual Carrier technology (DC-HSPA). This gives SingTel the edge to support its range of new 4G/LTE phones now on the market.
Yuen Kuan Moon, CEO Consumer Singapore at SingTel, said: ‘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 rollout of our network with Ericsson.’
In Singapore, mobile penetration currently exceeds 150% and, according to a recent Ericsson ConsumerLab study, Singaporeans are ranked No. 1 for smartphone ownership (74% penetration) and No. 2 for tablet ownership (31% penetration) globally. All of this is fuelling mobile data traffic growth in the city-state, prompting SingTel’s decision to launch a 4G/LTE network.
Ericsson’s total transformation solution includes the multi-standard RBS 6000 and Evolved Packet Core (EPC) with Evolved Packet Gateway (EPG) based on SSR 8000 Smart Services Router and SGSN-MME, together with self-organizing networks (SON) features to speed up deployment, and network management with Ericsson’s Operation Support System for Radio & Core (OSS RC).
The network is already positioned for the next generation of mobile broadband, as it is easily upgradeable via software to support LTE-Advanced.