Singapore Telecommunications (Singtel) says it is partnering with Swedish equipment vendor Ericsson to test Long Term Evolution Broadcast (LTE Broadcast) and Wi-Fi calling services at the upcoming South East Asian (SEA) Games, which are scheduled to take place in the city-state from 5-16 June 2015. The telco says that LTE Broadcast technology allows subscribers to watch live TV on their devices, while enabling it to better manage network costs and efficiency on the network. The trial will be based on Ericsson’s evolved Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Service (eMBMS) solution, which it is claimed optimises the efficient use of mobile frequency spectrum and network resources to enable ‘a virtually unlimited number of mobile users in densely populated areas to simultaneously stream high quality live broadcast videos to their mobile devices’. In addition, Singtel says the introduction of Wi-Fi calling will enable subscribers to make and receive calls using their home Wi-Fi or public Wi-Fi areas, extending the coverage of Singtel’s mobile services.
As previously reported by TeleGeography, earlier this month Singtel selected Ericsson to deploy its Long Term Evolution Advanced (LTE-A) tri-band Carrier Aggregation (CA) upgrade, which it says will give subscribers access to peak download speeds of 450Mbps on its 4G network. Currently, Singtel is utilising a dual-carrier LTE signal for its 4G customers, but Ericsson claims the tri-band CA overlay will significantly improve end users’ experience when it comes to downloading applications, games, videos and music files. The two-year rollout will kick off with a series of trials, starting in the second quarter of this year, with Korea’s Samsung lined up to act as device partner for the tests. New tri-band handset models capable of supporting the evolved LTE-A service are expected to be available later this year.