Ericsson of Sweden has been selected by Singapore Telecommunications (SingTel) to expand and enhance its GSM/W-CDMA/HSPA networks in the city-state, providing the operator’s mobile arm, SingTel Mobile, with greater coverage and higher data speeds. The contract is understood to be worth USD160 million and will include the delivery of a complete IP-based radio access and common core network. As a result of the upgrade, SingTel’s existing HSPA network will be upgraded to offer download speeds of up to 14.4Mbps (from the current 3.6Mbps) and upload speeds of 5.76Mbps (384kbps). SingTel Mobile’s network will benefit from the addition of 2,800 new base stations by April 2009. The enhancements will also better position SingTel to move to HSPA Evolution, enabling even faster download and upload speeds of up to 42Mbps and 12Mbps respectively within the next 18 months. Ericsson hopes to complete the upgrade by March 2009.