Just when I thought TPG was very quiet in its plans to roll out its 4G network, it suddenly announced on 19 Mar that it would provide the elderly with a free mobile plan for 2 years that includes unlimited calls and 3GB of data. That sounds really good on paper, but is TPG’s 4G network ready?
According to the terms of the spectrum auction, TPG has to achieve the following network coverage by certain dates following the commencement of its spectrum rights on 1 Jul 2017:
|Coverage||Quality of Service||Duration||Date|
|Street Level||95% coverage||18 months||01 Jan 2019|
|In-Building||85% coverage||30 months||01 Jan 2020|
|MRT Underground Stations & Lines||99% coverage||54 months||01 Jan 2022|
Thus, if TPG’s roll-out schedule follows the above milestones, its network coverage is good only at the street level when it launches next year. Within buildings, the …