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Singapore’s M1 scores a ‘first’ in Southeast Asia LTE roll out

Veronica C. Silva | June 28, 2011
More deployments seen in the region soon – analyst

At the April launch, Smart said its LTE was delivering download and upload speeds of up to 50 Mbps. Eventually, data speeds will increase to 100 Mbps, the company said.

Asia Pacific rollout

The first commercial deployments of LTE in Southeast Asia follow the roll out in other parts of the Asia Pacific region, namely in Japan and Hong Kong.

Kennedy said more rollouts are expected in the Asia Pacific region soon though 3G is still expected to dominate.

He explained: "We are certainly seeing many initial commercial launches of LTE happening in Asia now. We have already seen LTE launched in Japan and Hong Kong, now Philippines and Singapore, and we'll see it in Australia before the end of 2011. We expect to see commercial launches steadily roll out in the Asia Pacific over the next two years."

But Kennedy said he does not expect LTE to be dominant yet owing to a policy issue --  the availability of new spectrum. Another issue is the cost of investment. Operators still "want to fully utilise their 3G investments before they start major investments in LTE," he added.

"Many operators will "re-farm" their existing spectrum to support LTE for the first few years, and we expect 3G to remain a strong technology for several years to come," said Kennedy.

 

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