Journey to 5G: Singtel launched near-gigabit speeds

The journey to 5G continues, it is getting there, getting closer. I have been covering on the topic of 5G networks and I have more information to share with my readers and fellow technology enthusiasts.

Singtel is launching in phases, near-gigabit speed on its LTE-Advanced network at selected high traffic outdoor locations across the island, starting with Orchard Road (outdoor areas of Shaw Centre, ION Orchard and Tang Plaza). If you are a Singtel mobile network user, time to test the near-gigabit speed when you are at this part of Orchard Road!

As Singapore moves ahead in her journey to 5G, how we work, live and consume mobile data is going to change. It is going to be interesting to see how 5G networks is going to help us in our everyday life and work. During my course of learning, researching and writing on 5G networks, I would share more information and updates along the way, on the Journey to 5G in Singapore!

Let me share some key information and details of Singtel’s journey to 5G – Near-gigabit speed LTE-Advanced network:

At 800Mbps, it is Southeast Asia’s fastest Gigabit-class LTE mobile data peak speed, delivering up to 60% faster download speeds than prevailing LTE services (at 450Mbps).

The near-gigabit transmission speeds are achieved by scaling pre-5G technology solutions, 4×4 Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (4×4 MIMO) and 256 Quadrature Amplitude Modulation (QAM), coupled with triple carrier aggregation of spectrum exclusive to Singtel.

Starting today, customers with Sony Xperia™ XZ Premium smartphones will be able to enjoy the 800Mbps peak speeds at the outdoor areas of Shaw Centre, ION Orchard and Tang Plaza on Orchard Road. Full deployment at Orchard Road, Raffles Place and Clarke Quay is slated for the end of August. More Cat 16 smartphones supporting 1Gbps speeds are scheduled to be launched later this year.

The 800Mbps service augments Singtel’s nationwide 450Mbps mobile data speeds. In addition to having Singapore’s widest outdoor 4G coverage as rated by IMDA[3] for 10 consecutive quarters, Singtel was also recently named the fastest telco in Singapore by global metrics leader, Ookla.

For more information on Singtel’s mobile data speeds, please visit here.

* Information and details courtesy of Singtel Corporate Communications *

 

Singtel partners Telkomsel to expand mobile money services

Singtel and Telkomsel recently announced that they are partnering to launch a new service, a real-time mobile remittance service to Indonesia.

In this current era of smartphone and mobile data usage, smartphone apps can be very handy to handle some of the daily routine or monthly routine matters at your finger tips with your smartphone and app, without having to be physically there in person to do the things.

Do spread this news on the real-time mobile remittance service by Singtel and Telkomsel and pass it on to your family, relatives, friends and colleagues if they need to remit cash back to Indonesia.

Let me share with you more information and details of the Singtel and Telkomsel partnership in real-time mobile remittance service to Indonesia –

Singtel and Telkomsel launched a real-time mobile remittance service to Indonesia. Offered by SingCash under the Singtel Dash brand, this service allows customers in Singapore to send money to PT Pos Indonesia’s 4,500 cash-out points (1) across the country via Weselpos Instan (2). This is an enhancement to the current facility that lets customers send money to Indonesian bank accounts.

The service was launched at Festival Rising50, the first concert event celebrating 50 years of Singapore and Indonesia bilateral ties. It marks the first time that Singtel and Telkomsel are collaborating on mobile money initiatives to drive innovation in both their markets.

According to the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Singapore, there are 200,000 Indonesians living and working in Singapore. Outward remittance from Singapore to Indonesia totals more than US$ 409 million yearly (3).

Mr Yuen Kuan Moon, Chief Executive Officer, Consumer Singapore, Singtel, said, “Indonesia is one of our main remittance corridors and we are pleased to partner Telkomsel to offer convenient and secure mobile remittance cash pick-up service for our Indonesian friends. Singtel Dash will continue to enhance the mobile payments experience for our customers and enable their digital lifestyles. We are also excited to contribute to Singapore’s journey to a Smart Nation by developing the mobile payments ecosystem in Singapore.”

Mr Ririek Adriansyah, Chief Executive Officer, Telkomsel, said, “Telkomsel’s partnership in Singtel’s remittance service is one effort to support our government in promoting financial inclusion for Indonesian people, especially the unbanked segment. Foreign remittance enables them to improve their quality of life as well as provide an opportunity to begin saving for the future. We believe every little effort to promote financial inclusion will also accelerate the growth of Indonesia’s economy.”

In line with their commitment to work together on smart money initiatives, the two leading telcos also announced future plans to offer mobile remittance to Telkomsel’s TCash, offering a complete mobile wallet-to-mobile wallet experience. They also plan to expand the number of cash pick-up points to GraPARI Telkomsel service centres, as well as PT Bank BRI branches in the second half of this year.

Singtel Dash is Singapore’s first all-in-one mobile payments solution that is available to everyone. It is the only mobile payments app that offers fast, secure and real-time mobile remittance services, supports in-store and online retail payments, as well as transit payments. Customers can enjoy paying with Singtel Dash for their taxi, bus and train rides, as well as at supermarkets, convenience stores and food courts.

Since its re-launch in May 2016, the number of Singtel Dash customers has grown to almost 500,000. The volume of monthly transactions has also doubled over the last six months.

Notes

(1) Kantor Pos (post office) branches operated by PT Pos Indonesia

(2) Weselpos Instan is a remittance product of PT Pos Indonesia

(3) Source: World Bank Bilateral Remittance Matrix 2015

* Information and details courtesy of Singtel Corporate Communications *

Singtel harnesses eSIM technology to Samsung Gear S3 frontier (LTE)

Making crystal clear voice calls using your smartwatch over a 4G LTE mobile network is now possible in Singapore with Singtel harnessing eSIM technology. This would be great news for those technology enthusiasts! At this current juncture, the compatible device is the Samsung Gear S3 frontier (LTE), I reckon the other technology brands are already embarking on embedding eSIM into their future smartwatches.

More information on the eSIM technology and Samsung Gear S3 frontier (LTE) are highlighted below –

Singtel today announced the availability of the Samsung Gear S3 frontier (LTE) on its 4G LTE network. Embedded with an eSIM, the next generation smart watch boasts standalone 4G LTE connectivity which enables customers to make calls, send texts and surf the internet, independently of a smartphone. Customers on Singtel’s network will enjoy a bonus – Singtel is the only operator outside of US and South Korea to offer 4G ClearVoice or VoLTE on the wearable to support crystal-clear voice calls.

Gear S3 frontier (LTE) is available at all Singtel Shops for S$598 and will come with a complimentary strap worth S$681. To enable connectivity on their wearable, existing Singtel mobile postpaid customers can sign up for a Mobileshare plan at a promotional launch price of S$5.35 monthly. New customers can get connected with Singtel’s SIM Only starter pack which includes 5GB of data (3GB local mobile data and 2GB Singtel Premium WiFi) for just S$20. Once their wearable’s eSIM is activated with a QR code, they can enjoy Singapore’s fastest LTE mobile data speeds and 4G ClearVoice calls on Singtel’s network.

More information on eSIM and Gear S3 frontier (LTE) can be found at www.singtel.com/esim.

* Information courtesy of Singtel Corporate Communications *

Journey to 5G: Singtel is a step closer to 5G

In August 2016, I shared an article on Singtel and Ericsson leading the way in Singapore and Southeast Asia, being the first to showcase 5G technology. Today, in January 2017, Singtel is now a step closer to 5G with the launch of nationwide 450Mbps mobile data speeds. With a step closer to 5G, it’s going to change how we work and live with our mobile data usage.

Having to work on the move and outside, the high speed 5G networks in the near future would help us a lot when we are working outside away from the office. The 5G networks are now a step closer to us in Singapore with Singtel’s launch of the 450Mbps mobile data speeds.

Let me share with you more information on the launch of nationwide 450Mbps mobile data speeds by Singtel from the press release information below –

Singtel launched Singapore’s fastest mobile network with the nationwide deployment of a 450Mbps 4G LTE-Advanced service. Delivering up to 50% faster download speeds than prevailing LTE services, this enhanced peak speed will allow customers to download a full length HD movie in less than two minutes1 over mobile data. The 450Mbps service is available to all Singtel 4G customers at no additional charge.

Mr Yuen Kuan Moon, Chief Executive Officer, Consumer Singapore, Singtel, said, “Singtel is investing ahead to deliver faster speeds and wider connections with the steady deployment of innovative technologies on our live network. With more customers consuming and sharing mobile videos, 450Mbps speeds will enable them to download movies in a flash and give them a better entertainment experience while on the go.”

This speed enhancement is made possible by Singtel’s nationwide LTE network upgrade to support 256 Quadrature Amplitude Modulation, or 256 QAM. A pre-5G technology, 256 QAM increases the number of unique radio waveform shapes to carry up to 33.33% higher data and elevates spectral efficiency.

Customers with Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 edge can enjoy 450Mbps speeds starting today. LG V20 users will also be able to harness the higher speeds with a soon-to-be released software update. More compatible smartphone models are expected to be launched by early 2017.

Singtel and Ericsson demonstrate up to 1Gbps LTE downlink data speeds on live network

Singtel and Ericsson have also demonstrated download speeds of up to 1Gbps in a live 4G network pilot at two sites in Pasir Ris. This ultra-fast download speed was achieved by deploying 256 QAM downlink, 4×4 Multiple Input Multiple Output (4×4 MIMO) and triple carrier aggregation technologies. 4×4 MIMO doubles the number of data paths between a cellular base station and mobile phones, delivering a speed boost of up to two times normal speeds.

Singtel will progressively rollout 4×4 MIMO technology on its network starting next year to deliver up to 1Gbps speeds at selected high-traffic locations. Supporting mobile devices are expected to be ready by end 2017.

Mr Yuen added, “Achieving 1Gbps speeds on our live network marks a significant milestone in our journey to 5G. We’re focused on driving further network innovation to extend our leadership and deliver the benefits of the latest technological advances to meet our customers’ digital lifestyle needs.”

Mr Martin Wiktorin, Country Manager of Ericsson Singapore and Brunei, said, “As user expectations for high speed internet and the ability to use apps on the move increase, network innovations with new advanced technologies are required to enable superior network performance. Ericsson, as a long-standing strategic partner of Singtel for over 20 years, is pleased to collaborate with Singtel to deliver innovative and advanced services to their customers and to further explore the opportunities that will arise with 5G.”

Singtel and Ericsson are leading the way for 4G and 5G in the country, in support of Singapore’s “Smart Nation” vision and the anticipated four-fold growth2 in connected devices. Recently, Singtel and Ericsson jointly won the “Advancing the Road to 5G” accolade at the Global Telecoms Awards 2016 for Singtel’s nationwide IoT-ready 4G LTE network.

* Information courtesy of Singtel Corporate Communications *

Singtel and Ericsson first to showcase 5G in Southeast Asia

The journey to 5G has already begun, with Singtel and Ericsson leading the way in Singapore and Southeast Asia, being the first to showcase 5G technology. I was at the Singtel and Ericsson joint demonstration event recently, witnessing the potential and capabilities of the upcoming 5G technology and mobile networks.

The Internet of Things (IoT) is gearing up towards a higher level on all fronts, with 5G being an integral part of IoT technology and growth in the local, regional and international context. In recent months, I started to learn more about IoT even though I had been an avid consumer, user and practitioner of technology products and services over the years through my photography, social media sharing, using smartphones, tablets and laptops. Here are some of my earlier articles relating to IoT – Internet of Things, AXON Platform by GreenWave Systems at CommunicAsia 2016 and The Next Wave and Trends (From Canon EXPO 2016 Shanghai).

Our current network is 4G/LTE and it’s pretty fast for me to use it when I am on the move, maybe except in places where there are huge crowds and everybody wants to share something on their social media channels thus the 4G/LTE network gets jammed up and slows down. With this upcoming 5G technology and networks, it’s going to a lot faster! The arrival of 5G is not too far away, just a few years away from 2020. This is going to impact how we users consume mobile data, digital content and digital lifestyle.

On a personal, B2C, leisure and consumer level, for those who spend time on their mobile devices (smartphones or tablets) watching videos, entertainment, dramas, playing online games etc, I reckon you would love 5G network when it is finally here. On a commercial, B2B level, 5G has some potential big impacts on how businesses would be changed and operated differently. At the Singtel and Ericsson event, I had a glimpse into these 2 areas on the impacts of the upcoming 5G.

How is Singtel and Ericsson leading the way with 5G ? Let me share the news with you from the press release information below –

Singtel and Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) have joined forces in Singapore to bring 5G innovation to Southeast Asia for the first time with a live demonstration of the potential of 5G.

The “Making 5G Innovation A Reality” demonstration features Ericsson’s 5G Radio Prototypes to showcase some of the ground-breaking capabilities offered by the new technology, achieving a peak throughput of 27.5Gbps and latency as low as 2ms. Singtel and Ericsson also demonstrated the world’s first end-to-end (from the time the video is captured at the server end to the time it is displayed at the device) low latency live video streaming over 5G.

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This milestone is a result of the 5G memorandum of understanding signed by Ericsson and Singtel last year, which involved evaluating and testing technologies that are strong candidates for future 5G standardisation.

Singtel and Ericsson are leading the way for 4G and 5G in Singapore, in support of Singapore’s Smart Nation vision and the anticipated four-fold growth1 in connected devices. As 5G offers greater throughput and lower latency, it will bring more use cases to Internet of Things (IoT), enabling massive connectivity and allowing new applications for consumers and enterprises such as smart vehicles and transport architecture, remote healthcare and new levels of human-IoT interaction.

Mr Tay Soo Meng, Group Chief Technology Officer, Singtel, says, “We strive to upgrade our networks with cutting-edge enhancements, constantly offering our customers all the possibilities that technology brings. Singapore is at the forefront of the most connected cities in the world and now we want to take it to the next level. 5G is very important to the Singtel Group as it will support advanced communication needs. To ensure the Group continues our technology leadership in the mobile communications domain, we are exploring, studying and trialling pre-5G technologies with Ericsson.”

Dr Magnus Ewerbring, Chief Technology Officer, Ericsson APAC says, “5G will enable the full potential of Ericsson’s vision of the Networked Society and 5G performance will benefit consumers, business users and entire industries in Singapore. Together with Singtel we have launched many world-first and nation-first achievements with the 4G network since 2011 and we will be together at the forefront of 5G as well.”

The aim is for 5G networks to be highly efficient, faster, support more users, more devices, more services, and new use cases without a corresponding impact on cost or carbon footprint. 5G will revolutionise five key industries including TV and media, manufacturing, healthcare, telecommunications, transportation and infrastructure.

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Singtel is progressing well on its 5G journey, deploying key pre-5G technologies such as LTE-Advanced (Carrier aggregation, 256QAM) on its live network and taking the next step to LTE Advanced Pro (LAA, NB-IoT). These radio technology upgrades deliver superior connectivity, characterised by faster and more consistent speeds, to its customers.

With 5G expected to be standardised and commercially available by 2020, Ericsson’s 5G Radio Prototypes enable operators, ecosystem partners, academics and analysts to test 5G capabilities live.

Some key capabilities include multipoint connectivity with distributed multiple input, multiple output (MIMO) and 5G-LTE dual connectivity, to ensure a smooth evolution to 5G and rapid adoption of new 5G-based services.

The Ericsson 5G Radio Prototype has demonstrated not only record-breaking throughput, but also the tight interworking between network layers, frequency bands, and technology standards that will be critical to ensuring seamless connectivity for billions of connected devices, machines and things, supporting consumer, business and industrial applications.

*Information and pictures courtesy of Singtel Corporate Communications*

* I would like to thank Singtel for the invitation to the Singtel and Ericsson “Making 5G Innovation A Reality” demonstration event. *

Singtel offers DOUBLE the data with DataX2

Smartphones and our mobile data usage are two things that have gradually become an integral part of life today in Singapore. There were times whereby we wished we had more mobile data to use or we had to be careful in our mobile data usage. Singtel is now going to offer their subscribers, the opportunity to DOUBLE the data usage for a small flat fee!

This is going to interest many of us, who needs more mobile data usage beyond our monthly limits. I am delighted to know about this new service by Singtel and I hope to add it when I re-contract my Singtel Combo 3 plan this year. Remember to share this wonderful news with your family, loved ones and friends!

Let me introduce Singtel DataX2 and share more information about this plan from the press release information below –

Singtel will launch DataX2, a new add-on that offers customers double their mobile data allowance for a flat fee of S$5.90 a month.

The new data option is an extension of Singtel’s move to offer more data-centric services following the introduction of its popular SIM Only Plan last year. Today’s customers need even more data given their changing consumption of entertainment content and DataX2 will allow them to double their data allowance for just S$5.90 a month whenever they sign up or re-contract on one of Singtel’s Combo Mobile Plans (Combo 2 and above).

For example, a customer on a S$62.90 a month Combo 3 Plan with 3GB of data, can simply add DataX2 to enjoy 6GB of data for S$5.90 more a month.

Mr Yuen Kuan Moon, CEO of Consumer Singapore, Singtel said, “The decision to expand our data-centric mobile plan offerings came naturally to us as this is exactly what customers want. Better value for their mobile data. With DataX2, customers can enjoy double their data allowance and more of their favourite videos and music on the go. Extra data has never been more affordable.”

Customers who sign up for DataX2 at IT Show 2016, online or at any Singtel Shop and Singtel Exclusive Retailer from 10 March 2016 will be able to enjoy double the data immediately.

For more information on DataX2, visit www.singtel.com/datax2.

Combo Mobile Plans with DataX2

             Combo 2             Combo 3            Combo 4             Combo 6              Combo 12

Call (minutes)

200

300

400

700

Unlimited

SMS

1,000

1,200

1,300

1,500

Unlimited

Data with DataX2

2GB + 2GB

3GB + 3GB

4GB + 4GB

6GB + 6GB

12GB + 12GB

Price with DataX2

$42.90 + $5.90

$62.90 + $5.90

$82.90 + $5.90

$102.90 + $5.90

$239.90 + $5.90

*Applicable to new and re-contracting customers on eligible Mobile Combo Plans upon signing a two-year device agreement. Minimum subscription period of 24 months applies.

*Information and details courtesy of Singtel*

Potential Growth of Mobile Data Social Media Networking ?

The growth of the mobile phones have been a major significance, revolutionary and evolutionary too, over a period of about 10 years, gone were the days when the mobile phone was just for calling and short messaging system was just invented with its own shortfalls too.

With the start of the arrival of the PDA Phone that slowly and eventually evolved into the smartphone era, the usage of the smartphone has been phenomenal and expanding exponentially. Coupled along with the growth of the social media networking, SEO 2.0, inter-connectivity between relatives and friends. Moreover, the invention and expansion of 3rd Generation networks (currently) and moving upwards into LTE (Long Term Evolution) Technology, sometimes affectionately known as 4G. The speed and expansion of the mobile data networking is primed for growth and expansion in my personal humble opinion.

Look at the range of smartphone models and makes in the market today. The iPhone, BlackBerry, Android phones, Windows 7 Mobile, it’s not just highly competitive, there’s just as many users and demand for such smartphone designs and models, the push for higher and faster mobile data speed usage and connectivity, in their everyday life of business and leisure activities from our Facebook, Twitter, FourSquare.

What makes it even more compelling for mobile data expansion lies in the growth and expansion of the tablet market, it’s a big battleground out there, with Apple iPad leading the pack with their first mover advantage (revolutionary and evolutionary) in my personal humble opinion. They are always on the move, getting ready to innovate, improve and leap-frog their competitors. Nevertheless, big names such as Dell, Samsung and HP are not losing out and they are definitely catching up, taking a pie of the market share of smartphone and tablets. The infographic below is an excellent and interactive diagram on the how mobile phones are changing the social media scene.

Personally, my personal and humble opinion will be on the growth of the tablets in 2011 and 2012, it’s not going to replace the smartphone totally, it might just compliment the smartphone nicely, fitting in both smartphone and tablet into our daily highly connected business, leisure and social media networking lifestyle.

Sometime down the road, imagine myself with my Apple iPhone 4, armed with my Apple iPad (upcoming 2nd version w/ 3G) or Dell Streak 7 ?? Or all of the above ?? Stay tuned !!

Source : Flowtown