Singapore Telecommunications (Singtel) will use Ericsson’s LTE-Advanced to deploy a tri-band Carrier Aggregation service to deliver 450 Mbps speed to its 4G subscribers.
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At present, Singtel uses dual-carrier LTE networks for its 4G services.
Tri-band Carrier Aggregation or three-carrier LTE-Advanced will support Singtel mobile consumers to download applications, games, videos and music files in a shorter time, said Ericsson.
Singtel will deploy the tri-band Carrier Aggregation service in Singapore over the next two years with trials beginning in Q2 2015. Samsung will be device partner for the tri-band Carrier Aggregation trial. New handset models supporting tri-band Carrier Aggregation are expected to be available later this year.
“With smartphone penetration rates of over 85 percent in Singapore, data download speed is very important to our customers. This is why we continue to invest in improving our technology to ensure we deliver the fastest and most consistent experience to our customers,” said Yuen Kuan Moon, Singtel’s CEO of Consumer Singapore.
“We believe that compelling LTE smartphones are a key driving force of expansion and acceleration of LTE technology,” said Yong Sung Jeon, president & CEO, Southeast Asia & Oceania, Samsung Asia.