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M1 launches first nationwide 4G service in Southeast Asia

Zafar Anjum | Sept. 6, 2012
Introduces new smartphone and mobile broadband service plans

M1 Limited (M1) is launching its nationwide 4G service from 15 September 2012, the Singapore telco announced today.

The launch of this service is the first in Southeast Asia, claimed M1.

The 4G service will operate on its advanced dual band network in the 1800MHz and 2600MHz spectrum. It will encompass both street level and in-building coverage, said the telco.

Mobile users will be able to enjoy faster data access on their smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices with this new service.

Theoretically, users can enjoy download speeds of up to 75Mbps, and typical download speeds at fixed locations ranging from 6.9Mbps to 17.4Mbps.

"We are excited to be the first in Southeast Asia to offer nationwide 4G service," said Karen Kooi, chief executive officer, M1 Limited. "This launch marks another 'first' in M1's milestones, which includes being the first to commercially launch nationwide 3G mobile service in February 2005, mobile broadband service in December 2006, as well as 4G service within the financial district in June 2011. We will continue to drive innovation in our network and services to ensure our customers consistently enjoy a better experience with us."

According to M1, its customers on the 4G network will be able to enjoy 4G roaming services in Hong Kong with its partner, SmarTone Telecommunications Holdings Limited. More countries and operators will be added in the near future, said a company spokesperson.

New smartphone and mobile broadband service plans

Along with the launch of this 4G service, M1 also announced that it will introduce new smartphone and mobile broadband service plans.

"With the new data bundles starting from 2GB per month, the majority of customers will not incur higher charges," the telco said in its statement. "78 percent of smartphone users consume less than 2GB of mobile data per month and 93 percent less than 5GB of mobile data per month. For customers who use beyond bundled allowances, excess data will be priced at an affordable S$5.35 per GB."

Furthermore, re-contracting M1 customers will be given an additional 1GB of complimentary data bundle on the new smartphone and mobile broadband plans, said the telco.

M1 said that its new smartphone and mobile broadband service plans will be made available to all new and re-contracting customers from 15 September 2012.

Devices such as Samsung GALAXY Note LTE, Samsung GALAXY SII LTE, HTC One XL, LG Optimus True HD LTE, ASUS Transformer Pad TF300TL and Samsung GALAXY Tab 8.9 LTE, among others, will be available at launch.


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