Singapore Telecommunications Limited (SingTel) is currently implementing a range of network capacity enhancements to provide faster and more consistent data speeds in crowded locations in Singapore, the Singapore telco announced on Tuesday.
The locations include shopping malls, event and concert venues, and selected commercial and residential buildings.
When these enhancements are in place, customers will be able to enjoy "up to 20 percent faster internet access in crowded places that are prone to network congestion," said Tay Yeow Lian, SingTel's vice president of Mobile Core Engineering. He added that "the chances of encountering a dropped call at these packed locations will also be reduced by as much as 40 percent."
The enhancements consist of the self organising networks (SON) solution and small cells technology.
SON is a mobile network management solution that automatically detects areas of congestion and immediately reassigns data handling capacity from neighbouring under-utilised cells. By doing so, customers will be able to experience optimal network performance at all times. SON also helps to minimise the impact of equipment failure.
Small cells technology will be used to provide high-speed mobile coverage in locations where it is impossible to install conventional base stations and radio network equipment. As the small cells technology reduces the time taken to set up new mobile cells from months to days, it is ideal for boosting network capacity to meet ad-hoc surges in demand at events such as concerts.
Tay said that these enhancements are aimed at making SingTel's "networks as future-proof as possible."
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