M1 Limited (M1) customers will be the first in the nation to enjoy the next-generation 4G network service at download speeds of 300Mbps - double the current rate of up to 150Mbps - the local telco announced on Tuesday (Dec 2).
All existing and new mobile customers will get to experience the faster speeds at no extra charge.
However, M1 said that customers would need to have devices that are compatible with the next-generation 4G network, or Long Term Evolution-Advanced (LTE-A) - an upgraded network that is able to support the higher speed of 300Mbps. These devices include Samsung's Galaxy Note 4 4G+, Galaxy Note Edge 4 4G+ and Galaxy S5 4G+, it noted.
According to an online report by TODAY, an M1 spokesperson said that its customers will be able to enjoy higher speeds in more than 95 percent of all outdoor and most indoor areas, and that the company will continue to review and enhance its network in specific areas with higher traffic requirements such as MRT stations and tunnels.
Existing 150Mbps 4G networks have a typical download speed range at fixed locations of between 24.6 and 89.4Mbps, but the telco said the typical download speed for 300Mbps is 43 to 115Mbps as at December 2014.
Patrick Scodeller, Chief Operating Officer at M1 said in a media statement that the telco has launched South East Asia's first nationwide 4G network with download speeds of up to 75Mbps, and further enhanced it to 150Mbps earlier this year.
"Today, we have yet again doubled the download speeds to 300Mbps nationwide, which our customers ... can experience at no additional charge," he added.
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