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4G networks to cover 95% of outdoor areas from July: IDA
The 4G coverage requirement for outdoor areas will be increased to 99 per cent from July 2017.
SINGAPORE: Starting July, telco operators will have to ensure that their 4G networks cover at least 95 per cent of outdoor areas.
After that, 4G coverage requirement for outdoor areas will be increased to 99 per cent from July 2017. From July 2018, 4G coverage in tunnels must be at least 99 per cent, and from January 2019, coverage inside buildings must be at least 85 per cent.
Operators who fail to meet the standards may be fined up to S$50,000 per month for each instance of non-compliance, the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) said on Wednesday (Jun 1).
The coverage standards for 3G and 4G are similar, and IDA will continue to impose both sets of standards on the telco operators.
These new standards will also be imposed on the fourth telco operator, which will be provided with more lead time to roll out its network to meet these standards.
IDA will also gather feedback via the MyConnection SG app about mobile users' quality of experience when using mobile broadband.
Speaking at the opening address of communications trade event CommunicAsia, Mr Gabriel Lim, who is the chief executive designate of the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), said the new 4G Quality of Service standards were to ensure that mobile phone users experience an acceptable level of service quality in Singapore.
Telco StarHub said that it is reviewing the new standards.
"Offering our customers quality connectivity is our priority, and we will continue to upgrade our network to ensure we provide excellent mobile coverage and service for our customers," added StarHub Chief Technology Officer Mock Pak Lum.
Telcos Singtel and M1 have also been contacted for their response.
HETNET TRIALS "SHOW GOOD RESULTS"
With mobile data traffic estimated to grow from 3.1 petabytes per month in 2010 to 37 petabytes per month in 2015 - according to IDA forecasts - the authority is developing new technology and innovation in wireless networks. This includes the Heterogeneous Networks (HetNet) Trials, which were launched in April this year.
IDA said the trials have shown good results, with speed tests at Jurong East MRT showing a 65.67 per cent improvement in average download speeds and 21.21 per cent improvement in upload speeds. The trials are still taking place in areas such as high rise residential flats, train station platforms and buses, and involves all three telcos and MyRepublic.
Users may take part in the trials and provide their feedback until the end of June.
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