SingTel launching 300Mbps LTE-A for smartphones

Dylan Bushell-Embling
telecomasia.net

SingTel launching 300Mbps LTE-A for smartphonesSingTel has announced plans to launch the first 300Mbps LTE-Advanced service for smartphones on Saturday.

The company will start selling the Samsung Galaxy S5 4G+ - the first handset compatible with LTE-Advanced networks - on that date. A second compatible smartphone, also from Samsung, will launch in September.

SingTel soft-launched its 300Mbps LTE-A network in May, and introduced the first services over the network last month. But at the time the only compatible device in its line-up was a Huawei mobile broadband dongle.

As of today, the network covers more than 55% of  Singapore, including the CBD, City Hall, Orchard and Shenton Way, SingTel said. The company aims to achieve nationwide outdoor coverage in the first quarter of 2015.

SingTel will bundle the S5 for prices ranging from S$688 ($$550) for its entry-level S$27.90 per month Combo plan, to free for the most expensive S$239.90 plan.

Ericsson is providing the network equipment for SingTel's LTE-Advanced rollout.

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