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* Ericsson supports SingTel to launch Singapore's first commercial 4G/LTE
* SingTel's 3G networks have been upgraded to offer 42Mbps peak speeds
using dual carrier technology (DC-HSPA) to support superior mobile
* Ericsson's end-to-end IP solution includes multi-standard radio-access
network with RBS 6000, Evolved Packet Core and Evolved Packet Gateway on
SSR 8000 Smart Services Routers in a full turnkey project
SingTel was the first operator to launch commercial 4G/LTE services in
Singapore. Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) is a partner for this advanced network
Ericsson's long term relationship with SingTel began with the delivery of
operator's existing 2G networks. Ericsson played an important role in
transforming SingTel's current 2G/3G network into a multi-standard network
4G/LTE capability through a full turnkey project that includes
commissioning and radio optimization services.
The SingTel 4G/LTE networks is deployed on both the 1.8GHz and 2.6GHz
bands with 80 percent coverage by the end of this year and full island wide
coverage by early 2013. SingTel will also deploy heterogeneous network
solutions, including small cells designed to cater to high-traffic areas.
To provide a better mobile data experience across networks, the 3G network
been upgraded to peak rates of 42Mbps, using Dual Carrier technology
(DC-HSPA). This gives SingTel the edge to support its range of new 4G/LTE
phones now in the
Yuen Kuan Moon, CEO Consumer Singapore at SingTel, says: "With the
of LTE-capable smartphones and tablets, meeting consumer demands for faster
services and better performance is critical. We have been working hard on
rollout of our network with Ericsson."
In Singapore, mobile penetration currently exceeds 150 percent and,
a recent Ericsson ConsumerLab study, Singaporeans are ranked No. 1 for
smartphone ownership (74 percent penetration) and No. 2 for tablet
percent penetration) globally. All of this is fuelling mobile data traffic
growth in the city-state, prompting SingTel's decision to launch a 4G/LTE
Nicholas Seow, President and Country Manager for Singapore and Brunei at
Ericsson, says: "Partnering with a leading carrier such as SingTel is of
importance to Ericsson as SingTel is one of the most advanced carriers in
region. I'm delighted with SingTel's continued trust in us as key supplier,
I believe this collaboration shows how Ericsson can help operators to
successfully execute large and demanding projects. This reaffirms our
in the 4G/LTE market and extends our long-standing relationship with
which dates back to 2003."
Ericsson's total transformation solution includes the multi-standard RBS
and Evolved Packet Core (EPC) with Evolved Packet Gateway (EPG) based on
8000 Smart Services Router and SGSN-MME, together with self-organizing
(SON) features to speed up deployment, and network management with
Operation Support System for Radio & Core (OSS RC). The network is already
positioned for the next generation of mobile broadband, as it is easily
upgradeable via software to support LTE-Advanced.
Ericsson has now signed 88 LTE/EPC contracts in 38 countries on five
With this contract, Ericsson maintains its leading position in LTE and
broadband, currently providing coverage for 305 million of the 455 million
global LTE population.
NOTES TO EDITORS
LTE Media Kit: www.ericsson.com/thecompany/press/mediakits/lte
IP networking Media Kit: www.ericsson.com/thecompany/press/mediakits/ip
OSS BSS Media Kit: www.ericsson.com/thecompany/press/mediakits/oss_bss
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