It’s no new news that SingTel’s been busy rolling out a 4G service, named LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) that will boost its speed of up to 300Mbps as compared to the existing 4G LTE services that run at 150Mbps.
But thus far, no smartphone has been able to run on the speedier service, not until now (or soon anyway). From 23 August, Samsung, together with SingTel and Ericsson, will launch its Galaxy S5 4G+, the first smartphone that supports the world’s first commercial 300Mbps 4G LTE-Advanced service. Later this month, the quietly announced Samsung Galaxy Alpha 4G+ will be available from SingTel.
Plans of a 4G ready Singapore
Customers will be able to purchase both the Samsung units with a mobile plan from SingTel’s retail outlets or online shop. But it'll cost you a pretty penny. Even though SingTel’s claimed that it will be waiving 4G payments in Singapore, its new mobile plans are steeper in price.
SingTel’s claimed that the street level coverage of the 4G LTE-Advanced network now extends to more than 55 per cent of the island, including areas such as Orchard, the CBD, Ang Mo Kio, Tampines, Jurong, Telok Blangah and Woodlands, and expects it to achieve nationwide outdoor coverage by Q1 2015.
On the other hand, indoor coverage is currently available at 29 locations including Plaza Singapura, Bugis Junction, Suntec City, Raffles City, Tampines Mall and Changi Airport. So we’re not too far off from a full 4G LTE-Advanced network across the whole of Singapore.