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M1 to Deploy South East Asia's First Commercial LTE Network

M1 has awarded a five-year contract, valued at SG$280 million, to Huawei to provide a turnkey LTE solution. The Chinese vendor will be responsible for the installation of macro base stations, distributed base stations and Evolved Packet Core (EPC) for M1’s LTE network in Singapore. The operator plans to launch LTE services in the first quarter of 2012.

M1 Limited (M1) - Singapore's leading mobile, broadband and fixed telecommunications service provider, today announces the deployment of South East Asia's first commercial Long Term Evolution (LTE) network in Singapore.

LTE is capable of delivering downlink speed of up to 300 Mbps 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.
Huawei, a leader in providing next-generation telecommunications network solutions for operators around the world, has been awarded a five year contract valued at S$280 million, 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.
"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,” commented Ms Karen Kooi, Chief Executive Officer, M1 Limited.

Added Ms Kooi, “With Huawei’s strong global track record and technological expertise, we are confident that this partnership will maintain M1’s technology leadership in the wireless space.”
Huawei’s President of wireless product line, Mr David Wang Tao said: “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 fully committed to make this network deployment a success.”
M1’s LTE network is scheduled for island-wide completion in the first quarter of 2012.

About M1 Limited
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). 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

About Huawei Technologies Co., Limited
Huawei is a leading telecoms solutions provider serving 45 of the world’s top 50 telecom operators. Huawei’s products and solutions have been deployed in over 100 countries and support the communications needs of one third of the world’s population. The company is committed to providing innovative and customised products, services and solutions to create long-term value and growth potential for its customers.

To date, Huawei has deployed over 100 SingleRAN networks which are capable of evolving to LTE. Over 30 of these networks have launched or announced that they will soon launch LTE. These include the world's first LTE Frequency Division Duplex (FDD) network for TeliaSonera in Norway and the deployment of the world's first pre-commercial LTE Time Division Duplex (TDD) network for China Mobile at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo.

Huawei shares its patent and standards achievements with industry partners in an effort to build an open, cooperative, and harmonious LTE industry environment. Huawei has submitted more than 7000 LTE/SAE standard contributions to 3GPP, being the leading contributor with 173 approved contributions of LTE Core Specification (RAN1-RAN3) in 3GPP.
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