StarHub says it is now offering 1-Gbps connectivity on certain parts of its network, although users need compatible smartphones and sign to a specific data plan to get that level of connectivity.
First deployed in Marina Bay, StarHub’s gigabit network now covers the Central Business District as well as key shopping areas, transport hubs and heartland town centres, including Bedok, Bishan, Chinatown, Clarke Quay, Clementi, Orchard Road and Tampines. Outside of those areas, StarHub’s network promises speeds up to 400 Mbps.
StarHub says it will expand coverage to other high-traffic areas in stages based on network traffic insights.
Customers on the operator’s Unlimited Weekend mobile postpaid plan are eligible for the service, provided they have a compatible handset, such as the Huawei Mate 10 Pro, Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+, the new Huawei p20 and p20 pro, and sony xperia xz2.
StarHub chief technology officer Chong Siew Loong said that the gigabit upgrade is part of the operator’s network modernization plan – which is being carried out in partnership with Nokia – to maximize use of its spectrum assets before 5G arrives.
“By pushing the boundaries of technology in collaboration with Nokia, we want to bolster Singapore’s standing as one of the world’s fastest, smartest and most connected countries,” he said.
StarHub and Nokia have signed a multi-year agreement under which Nokia will deploy network upgrades using its advanced radio access, small cells, virtualized core and IP routing technologies as well as its cloud orchestration and signaling, network management, security, IoT, self-organizing network and session border controller software, said Nicolas Bouverot, head of Asia South Market Unit at Nokia.