Local Internet service provider, MyRepublic, has announced that it will be launching its first public Mobility Trial on 22 October 2015.
Under this new initiative, the telco aspirant will be installing new equipment in an area adjacent to the Jurong East MRT station and deploying the latest small cell technology to form its own mobile network.
Unlike traditional mobile technologies that rely on a large expensive base station to provide mobile network coverage over an area, these new small cells will provide mobile network coverage using numerous small base stations spread across the area. As small cells can be deployed inside vehicles, lifts and even narrow corridors, this technology will help to deliver faster and more seamless mobile connectivity.
At launch, trial participants can expect outdoor mobile coverage across a number of blocks with further coverage at the Jurong East bus interchange and MRT station, which is slated to be available by November 2015. While mobile coverage will be limited to the designated area for the trial, there will be no limits on data usage for MyRepublic's mobility trial participants.
Out of 13,000 interested participants, only up to 500 individuals will be selected for the trial. Priority will be given to participants who work or live near Jurong East area, as well as MyRepublic subscribers.
To access the network, each selected participant will be provided with a smartphone and a first-edition MyRepublic Mobile SIM card. At the end of the eight-week trial period, all trial participants will get to keep their given smartphone for free, provided they complete a short list of tasks such as uploading a couple of photos on Facebook and going on a guided tour of the Jurong East trial area. The potential smartphone models are currently being evaluated, but will most likely include a Xiaomi Mi 4i.
"The freedom of unlimited data has been a cornerstone of our fourth telco campaign and this is a chance to give people a small taste of what that reality can be like [and] put our network to the test," said Malcolm Rodrigues, CEO of MyRepublic. "Everything we learn here will better prepare us for a real rollout."
Besides the launch of this mobility trial, MyRepublic also announced that it will be offering its broadband subscribers 12 months worth of free subscription to unlimited local mobile data should it win the bid to become Singapore's telco. This offer will only be applicable to all MyRepublic customers who have signed up before 30 September 2015, and remain a customer until the launch date of MyRepublic's mobile services, it added.
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