Singtel used Swedish vendor, Ericsson’s quad-band FDD/TDD Carrier Aggregation (CA) technology to achieve 1Gbps speeds in a trial, claims a press release issued by Ericsson. Singtel will be able to optimize the usage of its newly acquired 2500 MHz spectrum band.
Carrier Aggregation is gaining ground now as it helps the telcos to enforce spectral efficiency and make best use of the available spectrum.
Following the successful trial, Singtel will progressively roll out this technology at key high traffic locations such as Orchard Road, Raffles Place, Tanjong Pagar and Clarke Quay. Handsets supporting gigabit speeds offered by quad-band FDD/TDD CA are expected to be available from the second half of 2018.
Existing Singtel smartphone users can enjoy, up to 20 percent faster mobile broadband speeds on average, as Singtel deploys Ericsson’s intelligent technology Bandwidth-Aware CA feature. This feature allows operators to manage spectrum more efficiently and supports customers’ smartphones to automatically select the best spectrum band combination available, enabling optimum speeds.
Mark Chong, Group Chief Technology Officer, Singtel, says: “As the world prepares for the 5G era, Singtel is leveraging its spectrum assets and the latest advancements in mobile technology to optimize our network usage. Singtel will continue to fully integrate our current capabilities and spectrum assets with cutting-edge technology solutions to ensure that we provide customers a future-ready, ultra-fast and low latency mobile network.”
Martin Wiktorin, Country Manager for Ericsson Singapore, Brunei & the Philippines, says: “Singtel and Ericsson have a common goal of delivering the best mobile network in Singapore by seamlessly combining both FDD and TDD technologies in one 4G LTE network. Singtel subscribers will be able to enjoy higher speeds with Bandwidth-Aware CA, which also allows network providers to manage spectrum utilization more efficiently.”