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4G service coverage available at most outdoor areas in Singapore: IDA

Zafirah Salim | Feb. 17, 2015
Telcos in Singapore have generally achieved “significant nationwide street level 4G service coverage”, approximately 18 months ahead of the 30 June 2016 timeline, according to IDA.

Mobile network operators (MNOs) in Singapore have generally achieved significant nationwide street level 4G service coverage for their respective networks, approximately 18 months ahead of the 30 June 2016 timeline.

Specifically, M1 and SingTel Mobile both attained more than 99 percent coverage, whereas StarHub Mobile achieved 98.95 percent coverage.

These findings are according to a recent survey by the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) released on Feb 11 - conducted from the fourth quarter of 2014 - that aimed to measure the 4G service coverage around Singapore by analysing MNOs' 4G network performance.  

However, the IDA survey also highlighted that 4G service coverage in underground road and train tunnels still have room for improvement. StarHub Mobile has achieved 4G coverage in most road and train tunnels, while M1 and SingTel Mobile only have coverage in two and four tunnels respectively.

"Singapore has a high mobile penetration rate, and the 4G subscription rates are increasing every month. Consumers enjoy these higher speed connections, and expect these services to be widely and readily available throughout the country," said Leong Keng Thai, IDA's Deputy Chief Executive and Director-General (Telecoms & Post). "These published results will help consumers make informed choices as they sign up or renew their mobile service plans."

The MNOs are required to provide nationwide coverage by 30 June 2016, and by 30 June 2018 for road and train tunnels, following the issuance of the spectrum rights for the 1800 MHz and 2.5 GHz in June 2013.

Meanwhile, IDA is also studying the standards that may be set for the 4G Quality of Service Standard framework for compliance purpose.


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