LOOKS like the competition in Singapore Telecommunication industry is heating up again. According to Business Times, Singapore biggest telecommunication company, SingTel, is now extending its two high-speed Internet trials by another 6 months.
1) SingTel's FTTH (fibre to the home) trials at Leonie Hills Residences off River Valley Road. FTTH is a fibre-optic technologies that used to provide ultra high speed Internet access
2) SingTel's Metro Ethernet technology trials at The Gardens Condominium in Bishan.
This is a great improvement from what SingTel are having today. Its currently technology - ADSL (Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line), running on telephone copper wire, can go only up to maximum up to 25Mbps. Meanwhile, its fierciest competitor, StarHub, using DOICS 2.0 (Data Over Cable Service Interface Specifications), is already at 100Mbps broadband and planning to boost up to 160Mbps.
With mio TV launch, this breakthrough in broadband seems essential.
What raise my eyebrows, is the trial on Metro Ethernet. HKBN (Hong Kong Broadband Network) has gained much success, in building up the largest end-to-end network Metro-E in Hong Kong. This broadband technology has the fexibility of providing between 10Mbps to 1000Mbps. I wonder if SingTel is going to do the same.
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