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Commentary: IDA’s smart nation vision needs buy-in
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Commentary: IDA’s smart nation vision needs buy-in

June 17th, 2014 | by Alfred Siew
Singapore is starting early, which is a good thing. It just has to expect issues that have no ready...
Commentary: SingPass security issues highlight need for two-factor authentication
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Commentary: SingPass security issues highlight need for two-factor authentication

June 5th, 2014 | by Alfred Siew
Why SingPass hasn't been beefed up remains a mystery. As a result, it has become an easy target all these years and now users have to face up to the...
Can a new cellphone operator boost competition in Singapore?
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Can a new cellphone operator boost competition in Singapore?

May 3rd, 2014 | by Alfred Siew
Ask any Singapore cellphone user if he is happy these days and chances are you will hear a litany of complaints. From frequent network outages to higher 4G prices, users here have had to contend with a frustrating experience when...
Singapore telcos told: no 4G add-on fee for users on contract
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Singapore telcos told: no 4G add-on fee for users on contract

April 24th, 2014 | by Alfred Siew
As StarHub has learnt, it may not be so smart to take the lead in raising...
IDA looks to mobile virtual network operators to spur competition in Singapore
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IDA looks to mobile virtual network operators to spur competition in Singapore

April 22nd, 2014 | by Alfred Siew
But this won't be the first time that Singapore has welcomed such...
Commentary: StarHub starts charging for 4G
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Commentary: StarHub starts charging for 4G

April 17th, 2014 | by Alfred Siew
It's not that consumers are daft, for not reading the fine print. They just don't expect the cellphone market to be less competitive over time....
SingTel: no plans to charge consumers separately for WhatsApp
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SingTel: no plans to charge consumers separately for WhatsApp

February 28th, 2014 | by Alfred Siew
SingTel has clarified that it has no plans for now to charge consumers separately for using the WhatsApp service, as well as for other so-called over-the-top services that make use of the Internet connection it...
M1 fined for poor mobile coverage, SingTel and StarHub pass tests
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M1 fined for poor mobile coverage, SingTel and StarHub pass tests

January 24th, 2014 | by Alfred Siew
While SingTel and StarHub users will be happy that the two operators passed, M1 subscribers may start asking why the "orange" operator is once again the worst...
Five ways technology and media can improve in 2014
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Five ways technology and media can improve in 2014

December 31st, 2013 | by Alfred Siew
There are so many ways to look back at some of the technology and media news headlines in 2013, but perhaps the most practical one is to see how things can improve in the new year. From the controversial last-minute changes to...
Commentary: Singapore’s do-not-call list disappoints with last-minute changes
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Commentary: Singapore’s do-not-call list disappoints with last-minute changes

December 26th, 2013 | by Alfred Siew
Make no mistake, come January 2, 2014, spam will still be a problem for phone...
OpenNet fined S$750,000 for not connecting users, provisioning services too slowly
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OpenNet fined S$750,000 for not connecting users, provisioning services too slowly

November 20th, 2013 | by Alfred Siew
OpenNet has been fined a hefty S$750,000 after failing to connect up homes and offices to the national fibre broadband network, as well as not "turning on" a service promptly enough when users sign up for...
Commentary: Singapore hacking cases show importance of deep infocomm expertise
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Commentary: Singapore hacking cases show importance of deep infocomm expertise

November 12th, 2013 | by Alfred Siew
What's lacking are the battle-hardened code warriors, the experienced network engineers who begin their careers doing the boring stuff like administering a Windows...
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IDA: “routing issue, hardware fault”, not hackers, downed government sites

November 5th, 2013 | by Alfred Siew
So, in the end, it was an internal problem that caused the alarming shutdown of 19 Singapore government websites on...
Commentary: should maintenance bring down government websites for hours?
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Commentary: should maintenance bring down government websites for hours?

November 3rd, 2013 | by Alfred Siew
While there is speculation on why and how the sites could have been down, one thing is clear - this maintenance caused the sites to go down longer than...
So, are Singapore’s telecom networks resilient?
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So, are Singapore’s telecom networks resilient?

October 26th, 2013 | by Alfred Siew
The answer should be pretty straightforward for users, but Singapore's industry players are not helping by pointing...
Fewer Wireless@SG hotspots, so what?
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Fewer Wireless@SG hotspots, so what?

October 8th, 2013 | by Alfred Siew
By allowing telcos to decide what to do with their hotspots, the government regulator risks undoing what Wireless@SG brought all these years ago –...
Record S$1.5m fine for M1 for Singapore’s worst mobile service disruption
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Record S$1.5m fine for M1 for Singapore’s worst mobile service disruption

October 3rd, 2013 | by Alfred Siew
In causing an outage that lasted several days, the telco had not fulfilled its obligation to provide resilient mobile telephone services, said the government regulator today, as it meted out the country's heaviest punishment to...
Big Three telcos get more bandwidth to deploy 4G in Singapore
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Big Three telcos get more bandwidth to deploy 4G in Singapore

June 28th, 2013 | by Alfred Siew
Whether this will translate to better services, of course, still depends on how well telcos run their networks and take advantage of the additional...
Fibre optic ports to be standard in new Singapore homes
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Fibre optic ports to be standard in new Singapore homes

April 18th, 2013 | by Alfred Siew
This means home owners won't have to arrange for their property to be wired up separately by national contractor Opennet, the source of irritation for many new fibre broadband...
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SingTel to lead group of companies in telecommuting pilot study

March 15th, 2013 | by Raymond Lau
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....