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M1 to Deploy South East Asia's First Commercial LTE Network
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M1 has inaugurated its dual-band LTE network that operates in 1.8 GHz and 2.6 GHz frequency bands. Initially, it supports peak theoretical downlink speeds of up to 75 Mbps and up to 37.7 Mbps in the uplink. The Singaporean mobile operator plans to upgrade theoretical downlink and uplink speeds to 150 Mbps and 75 Mbps respectively by the end of 2012. The network currently covers major areas within the financial district, with nationwide coverage planned for the first quarter of 2012. The operator plans to expand its range of LTE devices, including tablets and smartphones, later this year.
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.
M1 is Singapore’s most vibrant and dynamic mobile, broadband and fixed communications service provider, with over 1.9 million customers. Established in 1997, M1 became the first operator to launch ultra high-speed fixed broadband, fixed voice and other services on the Next Generation Nationwide Broadband Network (NGNBN) in September 2010. With a continual focus on quality, customer service, value and innovation, M1 brightens lives by linking anyone and anything; anytime, anywhere. For more information, visit www.m1.com.sg.