Singtel says it has achieved a peak speed of 1 Gbps on its LTE network using Ericsson’s quad-band FDD/TDD carrier aggregation (CA) technology.
The operator said the technology will enable it to optimize usage of its newly acquired 2500-MHz spectrum, as well as and enhance the consumer mobile experience.
Following the trial, Singtel said it will progressively roll out the technology at key high-traffic locations such as Orchard Road, Raffles Place, Tanjong Pagar and Clarke Quay. Handsets supporting the gigabit speeds offered by quad-band FDD/TDD CA are expected to be available from the second half of 2018.
Meanwhile, existing smartphone users will still experience up to 20% faster mobile broadband speeds on average as Singtel deploys Ericsson’s intelligent ‘bandwidth-aware CA feature. This technology allows operators to manage spectrum more efficiently and enable customers’ smartphones to automatically select the best spectrum band combination available, enabling optimum speeds.
“As the world prepares for the 5G era, Singtel is leveraging its spectrum assets and the latest advancements in mobile technology to optimise our network usage,” said Mark Chong, group chief technology officer at Singtel. “[We] will continue to fully integrate our current capabilities and spectrum assets with cutting-edge technology solutions to ensure that we provide customers a future-ready, ultra-fast and low latency mobile network.”