We recently reported on SingTel’s spending of at least S$150 million (US$120 million) to increase 4G speeds to 150Mbps. Today, it has finally launched its Mobile Broadband 150, a 4G mobile broadband service which is two times faster than conventional services.
This means that subscribers can now enjoy high speeds at popular indoor locations in the city-state, such as Jurong Point, Raffles City, Tampines Mall, Bugis Junction, Junction 8 and Changi Airport. SingTel has also indicated its interest in implementing 150Mbps 4G capabilities in as many buildings as possible, with the telco in talks with building owners and property developers.
That being said, what about existing 3G customers? Though the telco stated that it has also enhanced its 3G network to offer compatible devices download speeds of up to 42Mbps, are these mere numbers? It’s not the first time someone complained about congested networks and slow downloads. Will the same problem resurface with new 4G plans? We were just worried whether the infrastructure will be able to handle the overwhelming response, just like what happened with 3G.
Johan Buse, vice president of consumer marketing at SingTel said that customers can now enjoy an unrivaled experience for multimedia content, web surfing, games and file downloads while on the move. “Our customers can look forward to a 150Mbps service for smartphones and tablets in the coming months when handsets compatible with these speeds become available in Singapore.”
Customers who choose Mobile Broadband 150 will be offered with a choice of either mobile WiFi modem or a USB dongle modem starting this May 18.