Singapore Telecommunications (SingTel) has announced the launch of a commercial 300Mbps 4G service using Huawei’s E5786 mobile MiFi device, claiming a world first. The telco says the device is compatible with LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) networks, which can deliver ultra-high data speeds of up to 300Mbps, and will be available in retail outlets and online from 24 July, priced at SGD399 (USD322.2). Customers can however, purchase the device at a discounted rate of SGD168 when buying into any SingTel 24-month mobile broadband plan.
Commenting on the launch, Mr Johan Buse, SingTel’s VP of consumer marketing, said: ‘With multimedia applications consuming increasingly more bandwidth, speed is everything. The launch of the Huawei E5786 enables us to bring the benefits of LTE-Advanced services to Singaporeans before anyone else in the world. At SingTel, we are constantly pushing the boundaries of innovation to provide our customers with the very best that technology has to offer.’
In addition to the Huawei E5786, SingTel is planning to add other LTE-A enabled devices to its portfolio, including smartphones and tablets, in the coming months. All SingTel 4G customers with compatible devices will be able to enjoy the 300Mbps service at no extra charge, it said.
The company also provided an update on its current LTE-A rollout, noting that it is rapidly expanding coverage, including outdoor and in-building locations. Coverage is currently available at Changi Airport, Singapore Expo and the area around Bugis MRT station. Customers can expect coverage in the CBD, Orchard, Shenton Way and City Hall areas by end-August. More than half of the island will be covered by 31 October 2014 and nationwide coverage is expected by 31 March 2015.