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Commentary: SingTel not making money from World Cup? That’s good news

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16 Apr
2014
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So, SingTel may not make any money after all for bringing the World Cup to TV screens in Singapore.

Don’t expect any football fan here to shed a tear for the pay-TV operator though, despite Senior Minister of State for Communications and Information Lawrence Wong’s disclosure in Parliament on Monday.

 
Tagged in: Media, Pay-TV, Singapore, Singapore broadcast rights, SingTel, StarHub, World Cup 2014,  
 

Will StarHub’s new set-top box matter with streaming video?

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11 Apr
2014
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Samsung HD Interactive set-top box

Okay, the answer is yes, for now. Clearly, with half a million households on cable TV in Singapore, StarHub’s newfangled set-top box unveiled yesterday will still matter to some couch potatoes in Singapore.

Made by Samsung, it is the first of three to be launched and which promises an experience that is four times faster. So now, you don’t have to wait that long for the annoying menu to pop up. The interface is also less cluttered and makes you feel you are controlling a smart device, like a WD Live streaming box.

Yet, therein lies the difference. The set-top box, like it or not, is still based on old cable TV technology. There will always be a slight lag between menus, because it still needs to pull stuff down over the cable network, one made for broadcast not interactivity.

 
Tagged in: Internet, Media, Pay-TV, Singapore, Software, cable TV, Nagra, samsung, set-top box, StarHub, video streaming,  
 

World Cup 2014 to come to both SingTel and StarHub screens

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12 Mar
2014
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You’ll be able to watch the World Cup in Singapore on either SingTel or StarHub, when the biggest sporting event kicks off in June. However, you’d have to pay more than S$100, unless you sign up for a contract with a pay-TV operator.

SingTel today said it had won exclusive TV rights to the live matches. Thanks to Singapore’s cross carriage rules, it will have to show the matches on StarHub set-top boxes as well.

 
Tagged in: Internet, Media, Pay-TV, Singapore, Singapore TV rights, SingTel, StarHub, World Cup 2014,  
 

M1 fined for poor mobile coverage, SingTel and StarHub pass tests

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24 Jan
2014
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Nationwide 3G coverage - Q2 2013

M1 has been given a S$25,000 fine for once again failing to provide adequate cellphone coverage in Singapore, while rivals SingTel and StarHub passed the tests conducted by the government regulator in the second and third quarter last year.

In the second quarter, the smallest operator here reached about 98 per cent of places such as housing estates, outdoor recreation centres and train routes above ground, which made it the poorest performer among the three operators. It also failed to reach the 99 per cent required.

 
Tagged in: Cellphones, Internet, Singapore, coverage tests, IDA, M1, SingTel, StarHub,  
 

StarHub makes first VoLTE call, promises better voice quality

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4 Dec
2013
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StarHub will roll out Voice over Long Term Evolution (VoLTE) services next year with the promise of clearer calls, after making the first such call today on its live 4G network in Singapore.

 
Tagged in: Cellphones, Internet, Singapore, 4G, HD Voice, StarHub, VoLTE,  
 

So, are Singapore’s telecom networks resilient?

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26 Oct
2013
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(source: SingTel)

The answer to that question should be pretty straightforward for users.

Whether you are surfing at home or sending e-mails from the office, the network is expected to be up all the time. When it’s down, it has to be fixed fast, so things resume with minimum fuss.

That’s the crux of the issue when you talk about how resilient a network is.

Yet, it seems completely lost on Singapore’s industry players as they angrily point fingers at one another this week, after the widespread disruption caused by a fire at a SingTel exchange. 

 
Tagged in: broadband, Enterprise, Featured, Internet, Singapore, IDA, network resilience, OpenNet, Singapore, SingTel, StarHub,  
 

Potential OpenNet sale draws flak from SingTel rivals

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25 Sep
2013
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In a rare show of unity today, seven telecom players in Singapore jointly slammed the proposed sale of OpenNet, the nationwide fibre broadband network operator, to a business trust owned by rival SingTel.

StarHub, M1, MyRepublic, Viewqwest, Nucleus Connect, SuperInternet and the Asia-Pacific Carriers’ Coalition called on the government regulator to reject the sale, arguing that it was anti-competitive and would not benefit end users.

 
Tagged in: broadband, Internet, Singapore, M1, MyRepublic, Netlink Trust, OpenNet, Singapore, StarHub, SuperInternet, ViewQwest,  
 

StarHub: Hundreds of illegal set-top boxes seized in raid

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20 Sep
2013
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Hundreds of illegal set-top boxes that could have been used to view StarHub TV channels were seized in Singapore earlier this week, during a police raid.

The cable TV operator said today that the “few hundred” boxes, used to unscramble TV channels, were found at a storage facility, after several months of investigation.

 
Tagged in: broadband, Internet, IPTV, Media, Pay-TV, Singapore, illegal set-top box, Pay-TV, StarHub,  
 

Commentary: OpenNet sale has to satisfy several questions

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29 Aug
2013
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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 app promises to help blind persons identify objects

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27 Aug
2013
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StarHub today unveiled a smartphone app that promises to let blind users identify objects that they take a snapshot of with their mobile devices.

Called MySmartEye, the app essentially takes the photo and lists them on a social network, where volunteers among the public can type a text reply to describe what’s there. The answer is “spoken” via the smartphone app to the blind user.

 
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