SingTel reveals plan to conduct LTE trials in Asia and Australia

18 Nov 2009

Southeast Asia’s largest telecoms group by subscribers and revenues Singapore Telecommunications (SingTel), yesterday announced its intention to conduct a regional trial of Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology in Australia, Indonesia, the Philippines and Singapore in collaboration with Optus, Globe Telecom and Telkomsel. The trials, which are scheduled to commence in H1 2010 and will be conducted with Alcatel-Lucent, will take place over a period of six to nine months, it said in a statement. The group hopes the exercise will help it and its regional associates and joint ventures to better understand LTE and determine the best approach and strategy for its adoption in their respective local markets. Under the trial, SingTel plans to deploy LTE base stations and core network equipment for detailed field tests that will evaluate the features and end-to-end performance of the technology, which promises a peak speed of 340Mbps. Its press release went on to say that the tests will be conducted for a wide range of scenarios and conditions, including different frequency bands and urban environments.

Singapore, Singtel Group