4G LTE COMES TO BRUNEI

TUNGKU LINK (28/11/2013) – GSMA Intelligence forecasting more than 230 LTE networks are expected to be commercially available across more than 90 countries by the end of 2013. Brunei, not an exception, prides to introduce this fourth generation of mobile technology, which is also termed as “4G” technology.

The 4G LTE network in Brunei is acquired by the country’s leading mobile operator, DST. Mobile users subscribed to DST services can now experience faster speeds of data transfer leading to an overall better internet experience in their daily routines be it for work or leisure.

The 4G LTE experience revolves around 3 main essentials. Prior to subscription to DST 4G LTE service, subscribers are advised to ensure that they are equipped with the necessary essentials.

NETWORK COVERAGE
Availability of 4G LTE network is essential for you to enjoy higher speed internet. Some areas in Brunei are already within the 4G LTE coverage, though DST is currently working on expanding the coverage areas from time to time. Since 4G LTE is a data-only service, mobile users may experience a switch between 4G, 3G and 2G coverage when they make or receive voice calls or sms.

DEVICES COMPATIBILITY
DST 4G LTE network in Brunei works within the frequency spectrum of 1800MHz. Handset manufacturers will typically produce handsets with frequency spectrum that supports operator’s requirements in the respective country. 4G/LTE smartphone availability and compatibility remains a challenge to both users and service providers. In Brunei itself, some devices that qualifies DST 4G LTE frequency spectrum may not work due to other manufacturer’s restrictions.

SUBSCRIPTION
DST 4G LTE is an enhancement to the current 3G network particularly towards data. Subscribers may opt for an upgrade to DST 4G LTE as an enhancement to their existing 3G service.

IMPACT
4G LTE technology will give users faster speeds and an overall better internet experience. It delivers enhanced online experience and a better data quality for work, for home and for play. With the faster download and surfing experience LTE users tend to consume almost twice the amount of data than that of non-LTE users. However, experience will vary between users and is subject to factors like network coverage, types of devices used, location between user and base-station and the nature of applications accessed.