TELECOM & INTERNET | Staff Reporter, Singapore

M1 first to launch 4G

Available in the Marina Bay and CBD area, the 4G network will download at 75 Mbps and upload 37.5 Mbps.

According to their statement, M1’s dual band LTE network, will operate on both the 1.8 GHz and 2.6 GHz frequency bands. By end 2012, the theoretical downlink and uplink speeds will be upgraded to 150 Mbps and 75 Mbps respectively.

At its launch, the LTE network covers major areas within the financial district, including Marina Bay, Suntec, Shenton Way and other areas, as shown by the enclosed map. Coverage is being progressively expanded and is scheduled to be nationwide by the first quarter of 2012.

Said Ms Karen Kooi, Chief Executive Officer, M1 Limited: "Following the successful commercial launch of our next generation fixed broadband services, we bring yet another first - the next generation of mobile services. With M1’s LTE network, our customers will now be the first to experience ultra-high speed mobile services and applications."

The launch will involve customers from M1’s enterprise sector. These customers will be able to access M1’s Next Generation Mobile Network service via USB modems on existing mobile broadband plans at S$59.40 (with GST) per month. An expanded range of LTE devices, including tablets and smartphones, is expected to be available later this year.

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