Singapore and Australia continue to offer the best network performance in South East Asia, according to a new Ericsson Mobility Report.
These two are the only nations in the South East Asia and Oceania region that enable consumers to consistently reach mobile downlink speeds beyond 720 kbps, the performance necessary for high-quality video streaming.
In fact, Singapore is the only country in South East Asia, with fast enough "cell edge" (worst case scenario) downlink throughput to assure a smooth delivery of high-bandwidth applications.
The threshold of 2 Mbps required for High Definition video streaming can be delivered anywhere there is mobile network coverage in both Singapore and Australia.
"As societies become more connected, communications are increasingly app-centric and consequently, high expectations are placed on network performance," said Nicholas Seow, president of Ericsson Singapore and Brunei. "This is significant as one of the most demanding apps in terms of performance - video streaming - will account for almost 70 percent of all global mobile data traffic by 2021. Different countries will face different app coverage challenges depending on the apps users are consuming."
Singapore and Australia offer the best network performance, as they have expertise in deploying LTE and LTE-Advanced.
Singapore has hit 100 percent population coverage with LTE while Australia has reached 90 percent.
Findings of the report indicate that by the end of 2015, LTE will represent about 40 percent of total mobile subscriptions in Australia and 50 percent in Singapore. This number is projected to increase to about 80 percent by 2018.
Also, the mobile subscriptions in the South East Asia and Oceania region will exceed 1 billion by the end of 2015 or about 14 percent of the total global market.
"Singapore's regional leadership in network performance has been clear for a few years now as evidenced in our latest reports. With nation-wide LTE-Advanced coverage and a growing ecosystem of compatible devices becoming available to Singaporeans, we can only expect this trend to continue," added Seow.
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