Singapore cellcos rolling out small cells for 4G enhancement

4 Jun 2015

Mobile users in the city-state of Singapore will soon benefit from improved indoor mobile surfing, as the country’s wireless operators invest in new small cell technologies. In January this year the three incumbents – Singtel, StarHub and M1 – started deploying small cells to boost Long Term Evolution (LTE) network capacity, effectively doubling peak download speeds in some locations. The Straits Times notes, for example, that at the Basement One level of Paragon mall in Orchard Road, where M1 last month installed three small cells, 4G speeds for its customers have doubled to around 100Mbps. Over the next two years the cellco is looking to add small cells in other locations, such as the Nex and Clementi malls, as well as at rail stations in Orchard Road, Raffles Place and Jurong East, as part of its yearly SGD120 million (USD89.2 million) allocation for network upgrades.

For its part, StarHub installed small cells in the Marina Bay Sands areas in January, doubling typical 4G surfing speeds to 230Mbps, noting that a further 40 high-traffic locations – including VivoCity, Nex, Ion Orchard and Tampines 1 – will also receive a 4G speed boost by the end of 2016. Further, Singtel began improving 4G network capacity at The Seletar Mall, VivoCity and Marina Bay Sands’ food court areas last month, and says it will continue to roll out 4G small cells in high-traffic locations, including in Nex, in the coming months. It did not, however, divulge typical surfing speeds.

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