Tuesday, November 17, 2009

SingTel to Launch LTE Trials with Optus, Globe Telecom, Telkomsel

SingTel will conduct regional LTE trials in Australia, Indonesia, the Philippines and Singapore in collaboration with Optus, Globe Telecom and Telkomsel. The trials, which are scheduled to commence in the first half of 2010, will take place over a period of six to nine months. The trials will lay the groundwork to establish a regionally compatible LTE network to facilitate growth in the mobile broadband business for the SingTel Group, which now serves a mobile-user base of more than 273 million across its various markets..

LTE base stations and core network equipment will be installed for detailed field tests that will evaluate the features and end-to-end performance of the technology. SingTel will conduct tests for a wide range of scenarios and conditions, including different frequency bands and urban environments.

Six leading network vendors have been invited to participate in the LTE trials: Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Huawei, NEC, Nokia Siemens Networks and ZTE.

For the trial, Alcatel-Lucent confirmed that it will provide an end-to-end solution including the radio access network (eUTRAN), the Evolved Packet Core (EPC), IP service routing network elements as well as operation, administration and maintenance (OAM) systems. Alcatel-Lucent will also provide professional services including project management, planning, installation & commissioning, integration and test plan execution.