When it comes to LTE, South Korea is seen as a pioneer especially with its LTE-Advanced network. This time around, our southern neighbour has beaten them with Singtel’s 4G LTE-A service with speeds up to 300Mbps. With their LTE-A Cat 6 offering, Singtel currently offers the world’s fastest internet for a smart phone. As comparison, South Korea’s SK Telecom’s LTE-A network was launched with up to 150Mbps speeds.
In terms of coverage, Singtel claims to have upgraded most of its network with 55% LTE-A coverage on the city state with areas including Orchard, the CBD, Shenton Way, City Hall, Ang Mo Kio, Tampines, Jurong, Telok Blangah and Woodlands. They are targeting to achieve nationwide outdoor coverage by Q1 2015.
With higher speeds, you would need a different variant of 4G LTE devices that can support 300Mbps downloads. When the LTE-A service goes live this Saturday on 23rd August, Singtel is offering the Samsung Galaxy S5 4G+ variant for S$688 and there are contract options where it is bundled for free. Next month, they will be adding the Samsung Galaxy Alpha 4G+ to its 4G LTE-A bundle line up.