Singapore broadband provider MyRepublic, which is actively pursuing its bid to secure the country’s fourth mobile licence, has invited the public to test its mobile network as part of the ‘My 4th Telco’ campaign. In a press release yesterday, the company called on people to sign up and test its new mobile network, saying its bid is in response to Singaporeans’ general dissatisfaction and frustration with the existing status quo in the country’s mobile market. The internet service provider (ISP) claims that its licence bid is in response to what many of the populace term a ‘disconnect between what the incumbent telcos are doing and what consumers want’. Earlier this week, TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate reported that as part of a charm offensive designed to help it secure the fourth mobile licence, MyRepublic intends to distribute 1,000 free SIM cards to end users in a three-month trial of 4G data services beginning in August. MyRepublic managing director Yap Yong Teck has said that users will be given unlimited 4G data access and the ability to make phone calls via apps such as WhatsApp or Viber, noting that the drive: ‘is to simulate the flat fee, unlimited data plan we want to roll out if we get the fourth telco licence’.
Whilst the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) has yet to award the fourth telco licence, MyRepublic has been granted a temporary permit to take part in the city-state’s trial of its heterogeneous network plan, or HetNet, which is expected to kick off in the third quarter of this year at Jurong Lake District.
Commenting in the wake of yesterday’s update, MyRepublic CEO Malcolm Rodrigues said: ‘While the scale of this test is small, we’re excited to have the opportunity to work with the IDA in exploring the application of HetNet and small cell technology … This new technology promises better coverage and what we learn here will help us in planning for a nationwide mobile network rollout’.