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M1, Huawei claim first commercial LTE deployment in SEA

Posted: 17 May 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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M1 Limited (M1), a broadband and fixed communications service provider, has announced the deployment of Southeast Asia's first commercial Long Term Evolution (LTE) network in Singapore.

LTE is capable of delivering downlink speed of up to 300Mbit/s and is specifically designed for the efficient carriage of data traffic. The new network will enable rich multimedia applications such as video conferencing, high-definition content transmission, high speed video downloads and social network updates, giving M1 customers an unbeatable mobile broadband experience.

Karen Kooi

Karen Kooi, CEO of M1 Limited

Huawei, has been awarded a five year S$280 million contract to provide the turnkey LTE solution for M1. This will include installation of macro base stations, distributed base stations and evolved packet core (EPC), for M1's island-wide next generation network.

Karen Kooi, chief executive officer of M1 Limited, said that, "We are building an advanced world class mobile network which will truly enhance the wireless Internet experience for our customers, and cater to the increasing demands of future mobile devices and applications."

According to Patrick Scodeller, chief technical officer of M1 Limited, "LTE is the natural successor and evolution to M1�s current 3G and HSPA networks. LTE is also the de-facto choice for next generation networks throughout the world, and even some existing WiMAX operators in the US are migrating to LTE, as their choice of next generation networks."

Patrick Scodeller

Patrick Scodeller, CTO of M1 Limited

"The economic rationale is clear, with the eco-system built up around the LTE family and network deployment. Over 200 operators in 80 countries are currently investing in and planning to deploy LTE. WiMAX does not have anything close to this scale, and hence, devices and infrastructure for any operator who is keen to deploy WiMAX would be limited and costly," Scodeller added. "LTE is a more flexible standard when considering deployment options, especially with respect to bandwidth and different spectrum allocations."

"It is a great privilege for Huawei to be M1's partner in the deployment of the region's first commercial LTE network. With our innovative end-to-end solution, Huawei is committed to make this network deployment a success," said David Wang Tao, president of Huawei's wireless product line

M1's LTE network is scheduled for island-wide completion in the first quarter of 2012.

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