M1’s Next Generation Mobile Network goes live
Launch of South East Asia’s first LTE network
SINGAPORE, 20 June 2011 – M1 Limited (M1), a leading provider of mobile, broadband and fixed communications services, today further reaffirms its technology leadership in the wireless space by announcing the launch of its Long Term Evolution (LTE) based Next Generation Mobile Network on 21 June 2011 – the first in South East Asia.
M1’s dual band LTE network, operating on both the 1.8 GHz and 2.6 GHz frequency bands, will have an initial theoretical downlink speed of 75 Mbps and uplink speed of 37.5 Mbps. By end 2012, the theoretical downlink and uplink speeds will be upgraded to 150 Mbps and 75 Mbps respectively.
At its launch, the LTE network covers major areas within the financial district, including Marina Bay, Suntec, Shenton Way and other areas, as shown by the enclosed map. Coverage is being progressively expanded and is scheduled to be nationwide by the first quarter of 2012.
Said Ms Karen Kooi, Chief Executive Officer, M1 Limited: “Following the successful commercial launch of our next generation fixed broadband services, we bring yet another first – the next generation of mobile services. With M1’s LTE network, our customers will now be the first to experience ultra-high speed mobile services and applications.”
“Enhancing our customers’ experience remains our priority, and we will continue to invest in networks and to innovate to deliver a superior wireless Internet experience,” added Ms Kooi.
The launch will involve customers from M1’s enterprise sector. These customers will be able to access M1’s Next Generation Mobile Network service via USB modems on existing mobile broadband plans at S$59.40 (with GST) per month. An expanded range of LTE devices, including tablets and smartphones, is expected to be available later this year.