StarHub has reportedly announced its core network capacity expansion has been completed by Nokia (News - Alert) Siemens Networks letting the company offer improved mobile broadband to its customers.
StarHub is Singapore's fully-integrated info-communication company, offering a full range of information, communications and entertainment services for both consumer and corporate markets. Nokia Siemens Networks is an enabler of telecommunications services.
StarHub offers mobile broadband through its MaxMobile plans. The company saw its mobile customer base growing and planned to boost its current mobile broadband capacity 1.5 times to downlink speeds of up to 21Mbps from the current 14.4Mbps, and more than five times its uplink speeds of up to 11Mbps, currently 1.9Mbps.
StarHub operates Singapore's fastest two-way High Speed Packet Access mobile network that can deliver up to 21Mbps for downlink to complement its nation-wide GSM network, and an island-wide HFC network that delivers multi-channel cable TV services including High Definition Television and on-demand services, as well as ultra-high speed residential broadband services.
Peter Cook, vice president of integrated network engineering at StarHub, said that the company’s data traffic increased exponentially over the last two years. And now that its core network capacity expanded it is geared to handle the current and future traffic needs of its subscribers. The company also need not have to invest substantial amounts of money to build capacity to handle the increased data throughput.
Nokia Siemens’ (News - Alert) software offering will help the company route the 3G data traffic effectively, improving the user experience while reducing capital and operating expenses.
Nokia Siemens Networks (News - Alert) has expanded the network capacity by implementing flat network architecture, using its Direct Tunnel solution. This expansion will strengthen StarHub’s HSPA+ based wireless broadband service.
In addition to boosting its current mobile capacity, StarHub also plans to expand its mobile base station capacity to at least 3,500 base stations in support of its 1.8 million mobile customers. The network expansion and upgrade is part of StarHub's $200 million enhancement of its 3G/3.5G network to support higher downlink and uplink speeds. StarHub is re-engineering its backhaul infrastructure and international links to enhance its current high-speed fixed and mobile broadband throughputs.
Globalive Wireless Management Corp had selected Nokia Siemens to build a Greenfield 3G network in Canada and Nokia Siemens had unveiled comprehensive portfolio at Mobile World Congress (News - Alert). Nathesh is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Nathesh's articles, please visit his columnist page.
Edited by Amy Tierney