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M1 to launch nationwide 4G network on Sept 15

Published on Sep 6, 2012 2:32 PM
 
It is not the first to launch Singapore's high speed 4G network, but M1 has beaten SingTel by announcing a nationwide 4G network that will go live on Sept 15. -- PHOTO: M1

It is not the first to launch Singapore's high speed 4G smartphone network, but M1 has beaten SingTel by announcing a nationwide 4G network that will go live on Sept 15.

M1's service, which will offer speeds of between 6.9Mbps to 17.4Mbps, will cover 95 per cent of the island, including both outdoor and indoor locations.

SingTel's service, which was launched in June, will only cover 80 per cent of the island by the end of the year, and 95 per cent by the first quarter of next year.

Like SingTel, M1's 4G service, otherwise known as LTE or Long Term Evolution, runs on the 1,800MHz and 2.600MHz frequencies. This means that a 4G SIM card from either telco can work on any 4G devices sold locally.

This excludes Apple's new 4G iPad, which runs on 700MHz and 2,100MHz frequencies. StarHub is expected to roll out its 4G service by the end of the year.

Initial devices for the service include the Samsung Galaxy Note LTE, Samsung Galaxy SII LTE, HTC One XL and LG Optimus True HD LTE phones, as well as the Asus Transformer Pad TF300TL and Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE tablets.