Many StarHub users are enjoying a faster and smoother mobile data surfing experience starting today as the telco giant has switched on the Singapore’s first commercially-ready 1Gbps network for mobile.

Current users on StarHub’s Unlimited Weekend mobile data plans can surf up to two times faster than before from 400Mbps to 1Gbps.

However, not all users will get a taste of the speed as the gigabit network requires smartphones that are 1Gbps-capable such as the Huawei Mate 10 Pro, Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+, the new Huawei P20 and P20 Pro, and Sony Xperia XZ2.

Chong Siew Loong, Chief Technology Officer at StarHub 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. By pushing the boundaries of technology in collaboration with Nokia, we want to bolster Singapore’s standing as one of the world’s fastest, smartest and most connected countries.”

StarHub is also currently in a multi-year agreement with Nokia, where the Finnish tech giant will deploy network upgrades using its advanced radio access, small cells, virtualised core and IP routing technologies as well as its cloud orchestration and signalling, network management, security, IoT, self-organising network and session border controller software.

The collaboration will help StarHub to further enhance its network, enabling the Narrowband-IoT (NB-IOT) that provides connectivity for the deployment of IoT devices to support Singapore’s Smart Nation drive.

Nicolas Bouverot, Head of Asia South Market Unit at Nokia said:

“We are pleased to continue our longstanding relationship with StarHub. 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.”

StarHub’s gigabit network now covers the Marina Bay, Central Business District, Bedok, Bishan, Chinatown, Clarke Quay, Clementi, Orchard Road, Tampines, and other key shopping districts and transport hubs.

Plans are already in the pipeline to expand the coverage in high traffic areas in phases to come.

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