StarHub has announced on Friday (6 April) that customers who subscribe to its Unlimited Weekend postpaid mobile plans and switch to a compatible smartphone, will be able to surf at 4G speeds of 1Gbps, up from the current 400Mbps.
The telco stated that the 1Gbps network will be rolled out in the Central Business District, Orchard Road, and other areas across the island, including Bedok, Bishan, Clementi, and Tampines. It was first deployed in the Marina Bay area in August last year.
It also said that it will be expanding to other high-traffic areas based on information from network traffic data.
Compatible phone models include the Huawei P20 and P20 Pro, Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+, and the Sony Xperia XZ2.
The telco also said that the network upgrade will also provide connectivity for the deployment of IoT devices to support Singapore’s Smart Nation drive, adding that data from these devices will allow enterprises to glean insights that can be used to improve operational efficiency and aid in long-term planning.
StarHub’s chief technology officer Chong Siew Loong said, “Amid the growing appetite for mobile data, we are maximising the use of our spectrum assets for customers to enjoy enhanced network speed and service quality before 5G arrives.”
SingTel had also announced plans to increase the mobile speeds in February, noting that handsets supporting the 1Gbps speed on the quad-band network are expected to be available from the second half of this year.
It stated that it will be exercised in high-traffic zones including Clarke Quay, Orchard, Raffles Place and Tanjong Pagar, after it achieved landmark speed in a trial using Ericsson technology.
It also said that existing smartphone customers will also be able to enjoy up to 20 per cent faster mobile broadband speeds on average with the new technology.
In a separate occasion, StarHub inked an agreement with Nokia on Friday. The Finnish firm deploys the upgrading to StarHub’s network.
Mr Nicholas Bouverot, Nokia’s head of Asia South Market Unit, said, “Drawing on our end-to-end network and services expertise, we are able to implement solutions that will enable StarHub to manage the ever-growing and changing needs of people and enterprises in Singapore.”