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Singtel to achieve nationwide 4G LTE-900 deployment by end-March

SINGAPORE Telecommunications (Singtel) and Swedish telecom gear maker, Ericsson, will achieve nationwide deployment in Singapore of a 4G LTE network on 900MHz spectrum band by end-March 2016.

In a joint statement on Thursday, the telcos said the enhancement would enable Singtel customers to experience even deeper 4G indoor coverage and a more consistent network performance.

"This LTE-900 boost is part of our ongoing network investments to deliver an unrivalled 4G LTE experience, which is important to our customers. They can now stream music and videos on-the-go with even greater ease," Tay Yeow Lian, managing director of Networks, Consumer Singapore at Singtel, said.

The upgrade will also enable Singtel to offer nationwide 3CC (Cell Carrier) Carrier Aggregation technology - a tri-band technology which allows Singtel to provide one of the fastest peak mobile throughputs in Singapore with download speeds of more than 300Mbps.

Singtel became the first mobile operator in Singapore in 2014 with a commercial dual-band deployment that reached 300 Mbps speeds. The collaboration with Ericsson was further strengthened in 2015 when the two launched the first tri-band network in South-east Asia, based on LTE-advanced technology from Ericsson.