StarHub announced yesterday (Oct 8) that it will be expanding the coverage of its 4G Heterogeneous Network (HetNet) to cover Marina Bay Sands, Marina Bay City Gallery and The Promontory@Marina Bay.
By the end of 2016, some 40 commercial buildings, hospitals and malls, including nex, Jem, and KK Women's and Children's Hospital, will also progressively get this network upgrade.
Unlike a traditional homogeneous mobile network that consists of high-powered macro base stations designed to cover several kilometres in radius each, a HetNet is a mix of macro base stations and small cells or even enterprise-grade Wi-Fi access points to provide a mosaic of mobile coverage and seamless handover capability between the different wireless access technologies within an operator's network. Hence, HetNets are mainly deployed to optimise the quality of mobile experience at crowded sites, hard-to-reach areas or special events.
First deployed in The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands early this year, the HetNet coverage has now been expanded with over 100 macro base stations and small cells working in unison to serve mobile customers within and around The Esplanade, The Float@Marina Bay, The Fullerton Heritage, The Padang, and War Memorial Park.
In addition to the expansion of coverage, StarHub said that it will also test the seamless integration of enterprise-grade Wi-Fi with macro and small cell technologies in the IDA HetNet trial circuit at Jurong Lake District.
"With small cells as a cost-effective means of boosting network capacity and speeds, we plan to deploy more HetNets with the help of our infrastructure partners Huawei and Nokia Networks, to ensure mobile service quality for our customers and to catalyse Singapore's Smart Nation innovations," said Mock Pak Lum, Chief Technology Officer, StarHub.
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