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TELECOM & INTERNET | Staff Reporter, Singapore

M1 and Nokia complete small cells trial in push for speedier networks

They were able to achieve nearly 1Gbps download speed.

M1 Limited and Nokia achieved close to 1Gbps network download speed after completing the licensed assisted access (LAA) small cells trial, an announcement revealed.

Leveraging on the advanced interworking capabilities of LAA and precise planning and design carried out by M1’s engineers and Nokia’s service experts, the solution provides 4.5G technology in the unlicensed 5GHz spectrum band which complements well with M1’s existing licensed band, the firms stated.

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With the advanced LAA solution, M1 is able to improve data bandwidth at high-traffic hotspots, minimise network congestion and continue to deliver high data speed to its customers at crowded places. Likewise, the deployment will also enhance customer experience by ensuring a seamless coverage and uninterrupted mobile service across M1’s cellular and WiFi network.

“Through this latest trial with our long-term technology partner Nokia, we reiterate our commitment in applying latest technologies to provide our customers with the best possible cellular and WiFi experience on the move,” M1 chief technical officer Denis Seek said in a statement.

Earlier in 2018, M1 and Nokia announced plans to conduct Nokia’s first 5G small cell trial in Southeast Asia to showcase demand-driven 5G use cases in selected vertical industries. In 2017, the two firms also deployed what they claimed as Southeast Asia’s first nationwide commercial Narrowband-Internet of Things (NB-IoT) network to catalyse smart solutions innovation in a bid to support Singapore’s smart nation transformation. 

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