Singapore's M1 to launch 300Mbps LTE-A by year-end

Dylan Bushell-Embling  |   April 15, 2014
Singapore's M1 has revealed it plans to launch voice calls over its LTE network in the next few months, and plans to upgrade the network to 300Mbps LTE-Advanced by the end of the year.
In a statement announcing the operator's first-quarter results, M1 CEO Karen Kooi said the company will be investing S$120 million ($95.8 million) to improve the performance of its networks including its LTE network and to improve the customer experience.
“Our 4G network is now capable of supporting speeds of up to 150 Mbps nationwide. This will be further upgraded to 300 Mbps when LTE-Advanced is implemented by the end of this year,” she said.
During the first quarter, M1 grew its net profit by 4.4% to S$43 million ($34.3 million), on the back of 2.1% higher revenue of S$203.9 million. Non-voice revenue increased 5.6 percentage points to 45.1% of service revenue.
Mobile revenues increased 4.8% to S$163.8 million. The company's mobile customer base increased 2.9% year-on-year to 2.1 million, while churn was stable at 1.1%. The company estimates that its mobile market share was 24.9% during the quarter.
Fixed service revenue meanwhile jumped 12.4% to S16.1 million. M1 added 5,000 fiber subscribers to take its total base to 90,000
Based on the current economic outlook, M1 said it expects moderate growth in post-tax profit for the full year.

SingTel Group, Samsung enter mobile data alliance

Dylan Bushell-Embling  |   April 14, 2014
SingTel Group has announced an alliance with Samsung to improve the mobile data experience for smartphone customers.
SingTel, its wholly-owned Australian subsidiary Optus and regional affiliates AIS (Thailand), Bharti Airtel (India and Africa), Globe (the Philippines) and Telkomsel (Indonesia) will all collaborate with Samsung on a series of initiatives.
The collaboration will cover areas including marketing, content and technology development, SingTel said
As part of the co-operation, SingTel's domestic mobile business will become the first operator in Southeast Asia to offer direct carrier billing for Samsung apps. This capability will be rolled out to AIS, Globe and Telkomsel customers in the future.
Samsung and SingTel Group members will also collaborate on a mobile app development program and on providing direct access to applications without the need to first download them.
Samsung and Globe have meanwhile teamed up to offer a one-stop shop for both smartphones and mobile plans at certain Samsung and Globe retail stores. The partners plan to extend the retail collaboration program to India and Indonesia shortly.