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CommunicAsia 2014: time for telcos, industry players to unlock the content

19 Jun
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If content is king, then telecom operators are queen. Or maybe the audience is queen.

To a panel of broadcast and telecom executives yesterday at CommunicAsia, the analogy seemed funny enough to be worth re-spinning so many ways.

Yet, in a world where they themselves are no longer the king of the hill, each of them will be smart to realise the future will be shaped by smaller, nimbler and more innovative over-the-top (OTT) players such as Netflix.

Tagged in: broadband, Internet, Media, Pay-TV, Singapore, 4K TV, fibre broadband, mediacorp, SingTel, StarHub, ViewQwest,  

SingTel fined S$6 million for exchange outage

6 May
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SingTel has been fined S$6 million today, the stiffest by far for a Singapore telecom operator, after it was found to be mainly responsible for the outage in October 2013 that affected close to 270,000 subscribers.

Tagged in: broadband, Internet, Singapore, Bukit Panjang Exchange fire, CityNet, fibre broadband, OpenNet, SingTel,  

M1 unveils 10Gbps fibre broadband for Singapore businesses

5 May
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Singapore’s fibre broadband speeds got bumped up to a mind-boggling 10Gbps today, as M1 became the first to unveil a service that is, on paper, at least 10 times faster than previous offerings.

Tagged in: broadband, cloud, Enterprise, Internet, 10Gbps, corporate prices, fibre broadband, M1, Singapore, Singapore Budget 2014 grants,  

M1 offers fixed IP add-on for home broadband users for S$2 a month

27 Mar

fiber optics close-up

M1′s home broadband users will be happy to know that it is offering a fixed IP address for just S$2 a month, enabling them to run their own servers and share files more easily.

Tagged in: broadband, cloud, Featured, Internet, Singapore, DDNS, fibre broadband, fixed IP address, M1, Singapore,  

Comex 2013 deals worth checking out this weekend

7 Sep
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The quarterly craziness at Singapore’s regular IT bazaars is upon us again, with the Comex show already in full swing since Thursday this week.

If you’re looking for a quick bargain – and don’t mind the squeeze – there are deals worth checking out when you head down to the Singapore Expo grounds.

Here are five that we’ve picked out, if you’re looking for a tablet, PC, or broadband plan.

Tagged in: android, Audio-visual, Cellphones, PCs, Singapore, Tablet, asus, Comex 2013, fibre broadband, HP Envy Recline 27, Jabra Sport Wireless +, MeMo Pad HD7, price lists, Sony Xperia Z Ultra, ViewQwest,  

Commentary: OpenNet sale has to satisfy several questions

29 Aug

The Opennet termination box

Despite very fast speeds and low prices, a fibre broadband service can be a rather painful thing to sign up for in Singapore.

One oft-cited reason: the contractor that owns the nationwide network takes too long to “turn on” the service, despite having laid the cable to almost all homes and offices islandwide. Complaints of poor customer service and even missed appointments by the contractor are not uncommon.

Now, that company, OpenNet, is going to be sold to a business trust, if government authorities okay the deal. The promise to consumers: installations will be smoother. 

Tagged in: broadband, Featured, Internet, Singapore, CityNet, fibre broadband, Netlink Trust, OpenNet, SingTel, StarHub, telecom,  

StarHub gives S$300 bill rebate to attract BPL subscribers

3 Aug


StarHub may spark off a new round of competition in pay-TV and broadband services today, as it promised to cut the bill for football fans who choose to watch the new Barclays Premier League (BPL) season on cable TV.

They will get a total of S$300 off their monthly TV and broadband bill when they sign up for “surf and watch” bundles released today by the “green” operator.

Tagged in: broadband, Internet, Media, Pay-TV, Singapore, barclays premier league, fibre broadband, SingTel, StarHub,  

Record number of fibre broadband sign-ups in June, as Singapore subscribers top 380,000

8 Jul
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blue fibre optic cables

More than 31,000 users signed up for fibre broadband services in Singapore in June, setting a new record for the number of subscriptions in a month as 100Mbps and faster connections become increasingly common in homes here.

Many of the new users hooked up on the fast lane during the PC Show last month. The number of subscribers for fibre broadband now stands as 380,000, less than three years after the first commercial services went online in August 2010.

Tagged in: broadband, Internet, Singapore, fibre broadband, OpenNet, Singapore,  

M1 starts offering IPv6 addresses for home broadband users

28 May

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M1 has become the latest service provider in Singapore to give home broadband users IPv6 Internet addresses, as part of a long-term plan to ensure that they can connect to websites moving to a new addressing system in future.

The IPv6 system allows trillions of computers, sensors and other Internet devices to each have an unique ID, enabling them to be more easily connected to one another.

Tagged in: broadband, Internet, Singapore, fibre broadband, IPv6, M1,  

SingTel to lead group of companies in telecommuting pilot study

15 Mar
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SingTel is going to lead a pilot project to explore ways to telecommute and have flexible work arrangements, with the hopes of drawing an estimated 326,000 “economically inactive” Singaporeans back into the workforce.

By sending a modest 30 employees from five companies back to their own homes, the study aims to assess the viability of telecommuting on a larger scale and identify the problems that may arise out of such a work culture.

Tagged in: Enterprise, Singapore, fibre broadband, IDA, Singapore, SingTel, SMEs, telecommute,