17 Dec 2018M1 boosts network speed to 1Gbps with Nokia’s Licensed Assisted Access (LAA) Solution
SINGAPORE, 17 December 2018 – M1 Limited (M1) and Nokia today announced that they have completed the Licensed Assisted Access (LAA) small cells trial and achieved close to 1Gbps network download speed.
With the high adoption of advanced smart devices in Singapore, customer demand for data continues to grow, driven by faster networks and high-bandwidth mobile applications for social media, as well as video and music streaming services. M1 continues to invest in expanding capacity and delivering superior network performance to support this growing demand for data services.
During the trial, Nokia’s advanced LAA Air Scale small cell, which aggregates up to four carriers and combines up to four multiple transmission paths, achieved a download peak speed close to 1Gbps. Leveraging on the advanced interworking capabilities of LAA and precise planning and design carried out by M1’s engineers and Nokia’s service experts, the solution provides 4.5G technology in the unlicensed 5GHz spectrum band, which complements well with M1’s existing licensed band and is able to co-exist with WiFi networks using the same 5GHz spectrum.
M1’s Heterogeneous Network (HetNet), the largest in Singapore with more than 500 integrated small cells and WiFi access points deployed at traffic hotspots throughout Singapore including MRT/ LRT stations, bus interchanges, major commercials buildings and malls and other popular outdoor areas, will also be enhanced with Nokia’s LAA capabilities.
With the advanced LAA solution, M1 is able to improve data bandwidth at high-traffic hotspots, minimise network congestion and continue to deliver high data speed to M1 customers at crowded places. The deployment will also enrich customers’ experience by ensuring a seamless coverage and uninterrupted mobile service across M1’s cellular and WiFi network.
Mr Denis Seek, Chief Technical Officer, M1 said, “Through this latest trial with our long-term technology partner Nokia, we reiterate our commitment in applying latest technologies to provide our customers with the best possible cellular and WiFi experience on the move. M1 customers will continue to enjoy an even better user experience through M1’s advanced 4G+ mobile network.”
“We are thrilled to achieve another new technology milestone that differentiates M1 as an innovation leader in the region. With this live network trial, Nokia has proven once again that our technology is helping M1 build the networks of the future, transforming and enriching the overall end-user experience.” said Mr Mark Atkinson, Head of Small Cells, Nokia.
Earlier this year, M1 and Nokia announced plans to conduct Nokia’s first 5G small cell trial in Southeast Asia to showcase demand-driven 5G use cases in selected vertical industries, which marked an important milestone in M1 and Nokia’s joint efforts in staying at the forefront of technology developments. Last year, M1 together with Nokia, also deployed Southeast Asia’s first nationwide commercial Narrowband-Internet of Things (NB-IoT) network, to catalyse smart solutions innovation, supporting Singapore’s transformation into a Smart Nation.
06 Dec 2018M1 is Singapore’s first mobile operator to make digital eSIM available on iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR
SINGAPORE, 6 December 2018 - M1 Limited (M1) will make digital eSIM available on iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR. Users can now activate an additional cellular plan, making it easy to use two different phone numbers or separate voice and data plans on one device.
For further details, please visit www.m1.com.sg/iphone-dual-sim.
05 Dec 2018M1 and Jurong Port to collaborate in creation of a Smart Next Generation Multipurpose Port
SINGAPORE, 5 December 2018 – M1 Limited (M1) today inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Jurong Port to provide a terminal-wide wireless private network, to support the transformation of the port into an advanced digital Smart Port. The MOU was signed between M1’s Chief Corporate Sales and Solutions Officer, Mr Willis Sim and Jurong Port’s Chief Commercial Officer and Chairman of Technology Development Committee, Mr Desmond Lim.
Jurong Port plays a significant role in Singapore's economic growth and has been a cornerstone in the country's development as a global hub port. To promote greater connectivity and operational efficiency in Jurong Port, M1 will leverage on its Heterogeneous Network (HetNet) to enhance the network coverage in the terminal and along the port’s berths, using licensed 4G spectrum for the wireless private network.
“The heterogenous network solution is aligned with Jurong Port’s strategic technology roadmap and this partnership will further equip Jurong Port with the technological platform for the Internet-of-Things (IoT)/ wearables endeavours and autonomous drones exploration.” said Mr Sam Wei Hoong, Vice President of Information Technology, Jurong Port.
“M1 is delighted to collaborate with Jurong Port to harness our strengths and expertise in info-communications and network connectivity, to advance Singapore’s port business operations and productivity. As a leading communications services provider, we will continue to support Singapore’s Smart Nation initiatives, as well as to innovate and bring fresh solutions to cater to evolving needs in the digital economy.” said Mr Willis Sim, Chief Corporate Sales and Solutions Officer, M1.
M1 will tap on its expertise to improve connectivity in the port by providing commercially proven wireless backhaul network connectivity to the warehouses and access-layer in individual warehouses. The port will also enjoy wireless access solution with enhanced 4G coverage and WiFi network along the berths and 4G connectivity to the port’s data centre via a private Access Point Name (APN), as well as round-the-clock monitoring and technical support provided by M1.
Using licensed 4G spectrum to support the wireless private network not only eliminates potential interference issues but also allows the port to tap on the private network’s security features for internal communications and transmissions, as well as to leverage on the cellular technologies for use case testing on smart applications, sensors, analytics and other IoT applications.
Mr Denis Seek, Chief Technical Officer, M1 elaborated, “In future, more IoT and smart solutions will be developed which demand greater reliability, much lower network latency and massive connectivity of sensors. Leveraging on our experience in deploying a private HetNet at Jurong Port on a dense cell grid architecture, we will be well positioned to harness exciting new 5G capabilities and pilot innovative digital smart port use cases when 5G technology becomes mature in the coming years.”
“We are delighted with the partnership with M1. As Singapore’s Next Generation Multipurpose Port, an inter-connected port with high speed solutions is key to improved productivity and efficiency, bringing benefits to all our customers and port users, and enhancing our port’s overall competitiveness.” said Mr Desmond Lim, Chief Commercial Officer and Chairman of Technology Development Committee, Jurong Port.
23 Nov 2018M1 hosted over 180 children in ‘Bring Your Kids to Work Day’
SINGAPORE, 23 November 2018 - M1 Limited (M1) celebrated its annual "Bring Your Kids to Work Day" today at its corporate headquarters in International Business Park. Themed “‘Beach Fete”, the event welcomed over 180 children to enjoy a day of exciting and fun-filled activities at the facility, as well as to check out their parents’ work places, meet their parent’s colleagues and learn more about what working at M1 looks like.
As a company that advocates work-life balance and supports pro-family initiatives, M1 ensured that its "Bring Your Kids to Work Day" was filled with family-friendly activities for children across various ages, including sand excavating, speed boat racing, face painting and children crafts, topped with delectable carnival snacks and bites.
“M1’s annual ‘Bring Your Kids To Work Day' has become a highly anticipated event each year. Apart from sharing a delightful and memorable day with parents and their colleagues, the children can now make a connection to their parents’ work environment, and better appreciate what their parents do at work," said Ivan Lim, Director of Corporate Communications & Investor Relations, M1.
The hours flew by and at the end of the day, many of the children not only had a great positive shared experience with their parents and co-workers, but also souvenirs to bring home. "I was excited to bring my son, Matthias along with me to office today to have a fun day at work with my colleagues and their kids. He may not understand what I do at work yet, but he certainly enjoyed himself and will probably remember my work place for a while," said Priscilla Chan, Assistant General Manager, Business Development, M1. "I got to operate a sand excavator, ate candy floss, yummy burgers, coconut ice cream and I hope to play again at my Mum’s office soon," said Matthias Ong, 4.
21 Nov 2018M1 launches new cloud-based subscription video surveillance service
SINGAPORE, 21 November 2018 – M1 Limited (M1) announced today that corporates can now subscribe to M1’s cloud-based video surveillance service on M1 Fibre Broadband.
In today’s digital economy, businesses are constantly trying to keep up with technology while balancing out implementation costs. To help businesses and small-and-medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with the adoption of digital technologies, M1’s new cloud-based video surveillance service offers a refreshingly simple, flexible and cost-effective video surveillance solution for businesses.
The subscription and cloud-based video surveillance service is a secure end-to-end fully integrated solution that enables business owners to focus on growing their businesses, while M1 provides the surveillance technology to help them self-monitor and safeguard their business assets, as well as track business activities.
With a low initial set-up fee, hassle-free equipment maintenance, as well as round-the-clock in-house technical support and helpdesk services provided by M1, this surveillance service enables companies to have access to high-definition video footages conveniently at a low cost. All video data are stored and processed in a private cloud in M1’s data centre that comes with enterprise-grade security, and users can remotely view, record and manage their videos over the Internet anytime, anywhere.
In addition, M1 has partnered Hikvision, one of the world's leading provider of video surveillance products and solutions, to provide a range of high-definition indoor, outdoor and zoom cameras that best suit the needs of each business. To provide added value to customers, M1 will be collaborating with partners to support video analytics with artificial intelligence capabilities.
“We are always excited to create smart business solutions which offer great value and reliability to our customers. This new video surveillance service will provide business owners, such as in the retail and F&B space, to have a peace of mind even when they are away from work. Together with our partners’ set of intelligent technologies and our innovative suite of connectivity solutions, we look forward to deliver more seamless and cost-effective solutions for our end-users,” said Mr Willis Sim, Chief Corporate Sales and Solutions Officer, M1.
For more information on M1 video surveillance service for enterprises, please visit: www.m1.com.sg/CCTV.
05 Nov 2018M1 CEO Karen Kooi to retire
SINGAPORE, 5 November 2018 - M1 Limited (M1) announced today that Ms Karen Kooi Lee Wah 64, will retire as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) on 6 December 2018, after 23 years with the Group, to pave the way for leadership renewal.
She will be succeeded by telco veteran Manjot Singh Mann who will join as its new CEO on the same date.
Pending developments related to Konnectivity’s pre-conditional offer for M1 shares, Karen Kooi will remain on the Board as a Director of M1 Limited. She will also remain as advisor to the Board till 28 February 2019 to ensure a smooth transition.
“Karen, a long-standing and experienced stalwart of M1, has served M1 with distinction in the last 23 years. Under her leadership, M1 has grown and transformed from a pure mobile communications player to a full-service provider. During her tenure as CEO, M1’s fixed services revenue grew steadily, achieving double-digit growth in the last five years. And in more recent times, Karen has overseen M1’s acceleration into the ICT business and the strengthening of its product offerings to capture new opportunities in the digital economy.
“On behalf of the Board of Directors, Management and staff of M1, I would like to express our gratitude and appreciation towards Karen for her dedication, service and invaluable contributions to the M1 Group in the last 23 years. We wish Karen well in her retirement,” said Mr Danny Teoh, Chairman of M1.
“It has been my privilege and honour to witness and build on M1’s growth since its early beginnings, together with a capable and dedicated management team. I would not have accomplished as much without the team. After having spent 23 years with the Company, it is time for me to hand over the mantle. M1 is well-positioned for the next phase of growth and I am committed to working closely with the Board and Manjot to ensure a smooth transition,” said Ms Kooi.
Mr Manjot Singh Mann brings with him over 28 years of well-rounded operational leadership experience across diverse geographical markets and a unique blend of insights and perspectives in the rapidly evolving telecommunications industry.
He was Global CEO (Communications and Convergence) of Lebara Mobile (UK), a hugely successful and one of the largest multinational, pan-European mobile virtual network operators in the world, which was acquired by a Swiss-based equity group in 2017. As a former CEO of Hutchison Telecommunications, Jakarta (“Hutchison 3”), he drove revenue and profitability growth and was responsible for a sizeable uplift in market share, against heavy and entrenched competition in Indonesia.
Mr Mann will join M1 on 6 December 2018 from Pareteum Asia Pte Ltd, where he was appointed CEO to expand NASDAQ-listed Pareteum Corporation’s footprint in Asia. Pareteum is a leading cloud software platform company, which targets and enables new and growing sectors from IoT (Internet of Things), Data Analytics to Smart Cities and application-developer markets. Mr Mann has been a member of Pareteum Corporation’s Strategic Advisory Board since March 2018.
“The M1 Board is confident that Manjot is well-suited to lead M1 in this increasingly competitive landscape, with his global perspective for future growth and unique multi-dimensional view of the industry, having managed an operator in a highly competitive market and led an MVNO across Europe, and more recently, as a leader in an industry helping connect consumers and devices across geographies with the development of products and solutions that promote open mobility.
Manjot has embedded innovation and digital strategies successfully into operations led by him. He is also noted for execution excellence, a caring leadership, satisfied customers and highly energized and motivated employees. The Board is delighted to welcome Manjot to the M1 group and we look forward to working with him,” said Mr Teoh.