The mobile market in Singapore is characterised by its energy and innovation. Even as growth rates slowed, there has been considerable effort still going into value-added products and services, and most importantly into new generation technologies. The market initially approached the launch of 3G with a degree of caution. As the licences were issued and the networks rolled out, some of the major operators and, to some extent, the government were circumspect about the prospect of next generation of mobiles. However, by 2012 3G subscriptions comprised three quarters of the total mobile subscriber base of almost eight million. Then with the arrival of 4G/LTE services and their rapid take up in 2013, the 3G numbers started a modest decline. By March 2015 the number of mobile subscribers had reached 8.0 million and an overall mobile penetration rate of 149%. And 4G already had a population penetration of 67% by mid-2015. Singapore had one of the lowest mobile prices in the world as a proportion of income, according to the ITU's ICT development index.
My Republic expects to deploy a nationwide mobile service by the end of September 2018. SingTel Mobile began trialling Ericsson's advanced Radio Dot System'. Ericsson began working with SingTel to trial LTE Broadcast. SingTel became the first mobile operator in Singapore to offer its users tri-band 4G network services. SingTel deployed tri-band LTE-A, delivering peak speeds of 337Mb/s. M1 launched Singapore's first 2Gb/s to 10Gb/s Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON) service. StarHub expanded its LTE-A network to 85% of Singapore. Singapore's mobile operators are scheduled to switch off 2G services from April 2017. SingTel plans to be one of the first mobile operators in the world to roll out 5G in 2020.