Singtel to trial LTE broadcast and Wi-Fi calling in Singapore

SINGAPORE - Singapore Telecommunications Limited (Singtel) has partnered Ericsson to trial LTE (Long-Term Evolution) Broadcast or 4G and voice over Wi-Fi calling in Singapore.

The first trial of video delivery with 4G will be at the 28th South East Asian Games which will be held in Singapore from Jun 5-16, according to a statement released on Monday.

The trial also aims to showcase the commercial viability of the technology for businesses in Singapore.

4G will enable mobile users in densely populated areas to simultaneously stream high-quality live broadcast videos to their mobile devices.

Singtel and Ericsson will also undertake Singapore's first Wi-Fi calling trial.

In addition, Singtel subscribers will be able to make and receive calls using their home Wi-Fi or public Wi-Fi services.

Mr Tay Soo Meng, Singtel's Group Chief Technology Officer, says: "We are committed to enriching the lives of our customers by transforming the mobile-broadband user experience and providing superior video and voice services. Our customers will soon enjoy high quality video content with LTE Broadcast, and seamless voice service continuity between local Wi-Fi access points and the 4G network."

Mr Nicholas Seow, Head of Ericsson Singapore and Brunei, says: "Ericsson's LTE Broadcast technology addresses the growing demand for high quality video content on mobile devices. Wi-Fi calling allows operators to benefit from cost-efficient deployment of extended voice coverage and fast time-to-market."