Singtel launches faster mobile data speed in Singapore
Company moves closer to 5G technology to support move to be "smart nation"
JUSTINA LEE, Nikkei staff writer
SINGAPORE -- Singapore Telecommunications has launched a faster 450 megabits per second speed for its fourth-generation mobile network, as it tries to keep ahead of its competitors and take a step closer to 5G mobile technology.
A data speed of 450 Mbps would mean up to 50% faster download times than what the current prevailing services offer. Customers would be able to download a full length high-definition movie in less than two minutes over mobile data, according to a press release on Wednesday.
The speed upgrade would bring Singtel one step closer to 5G technology, which is said to be more than 10 times faster than 4G. The adoption of 5G technology is part of Singapore's efforts to be a "smart nation" and a hub for the development of information communications technology including the internet of things.
Singapore is the top Southeast Asian country in both smartphone and mobile broadband subscription penetration, with more than 100% and more than 140% respectively in 2015, according to a report by Ericsson last year.
In 2021, Singapore is expected to reach almost 130% smartphone subscription penetration. "This growth has, in turn, fueled a huge demand for rich content from subscribers," it noted.
Singtel is also working closely with Ericsson to achieve up to 1 gigabits per second speeds on a 4G live network. It will progressively roll out the technology on its network starting 2017 to deliver up to 1 Gbps in some locations in Singapore. Compatible mobile devices are expected to be ready by end-2017.