Singapore telco operator, M1, has announced the launch of their Long Term Evolution (LTE) based network, which claims to be the first in South East Asia region. However, the coverage at launch will only be limited within the financial district though the company said that it will be expanded nationwide by Q1 next year.

Today, M1 has announced the launch of its Long Term Evolution (LTE) based Next Generation Mobile Network on 21 June 2011 – which claims to be the first in South East Asia. M1’s dual band LTE network, operating on both the 1.8 GHz and 2.6 GHz frequency bands, will have an initial theoretical downlink speed of 75 Mbps and uplink speed of 37.5 Mbps. By end 2012, the theoretical downlink and uplink speeds will be upgraded to 150 Mbps and 75 Mbps respectively.

At launch, the LTE network covers areas within the financial district which include Marina Bay, Suntec, Shenton Way and other areas (shown in above pic). Coverage is progressively expanding and is scheduled to be nationwide by the first quarter of 2012.

The launch will involve customers from M1’s enterprise sector. These customers will be able to access M1’s Next Generation Mobile Network service via USB modems on existing mobile broadband plans at S$59.40 (with GST) per month. An expanded range of LTE devices, including tablets and smartphones, are expected to be available later this year.