Mobile operator M1 (Singapore) has signed up network manufacturer Ericsson (Stockholm, Sweden) to upgrade its mobile backhaul network.
The operator says the work is necessary because of the increasing demand for bandwidth, caused largely by the rise of internet browsing and video streaming on mobile devices, as well as the launch of LTE services.
“This network upgrade is essential for us to meet the current and future needs of our end users,” said Patrick Scodeller, M1’s chief technical officer, in a statement. “It allows us to support gigabit bandwidth connectivity while maintaining the highest quality of service.”
M1 is due to begin offering nationwide LTE services over its 1800MHz and 2.6GHz spectrum later this week, having launched services in Singapore’s financial district back in July 2011.
It has not rolled out LTE services as quickly as intended, having originally said it would cover the whole of Singapore by the first quarter of 2012.
Operators worldwide are being forced to invest in backhaul upgrades as the growing demand for mobile internet services puts their networks under pressure.
Ericsson plans to migrate M1’s existing TDM-based mobile backhaul network to one based on more efficient packet-switching technology.
It says the upgrade will allow M1 to continue running its 2G and 3G networks cost-effectively as well as support new 3G+ and LTE services.
“This upgrade will give M1 the scalability to provide the superior performance needed in today’s networked society, in which anytime, anywhere connectivity is key,” said Nicholas Seow, the president of Ericsson Singapore and Brunei. “It also presents a path to future high-bandwidth solutions.”