Hong Kong Broadband Network (HKBN) is gearing up together with M1 to bid for the Singapore's next-gen broadband by 2012. In fact, HKBN has a strong track record - They have been providing 1Gbps Metro-Ethernet services to homes in Hong Kong.
Here in Singapore, they are planning to build (FTTH) service that could boost speed of current internet to 100Mbps, 200Mbps and 1Gbps. If broadband internet is a car, they are providing a Ferrari to you!! In fact, HKBN is not alone. 12 consortium are bidding for it too. I seriously hope StarHub can win the bid. I wonder what StarHub has in their sleeves to win the bid?
Quoted from Straits Times:
"The company's current Metro-Ethernet network hooks up 1.4 million homes in Hong Kong with a fibre optic backbone and copper Ethernet cables running within high-rise buildings. The telco wants to hook up 600,000 more homes in other districts like Kwai Tsing, using mostly FTTH. This means running fibre optic cables right into homes.
Mr Wong said that this is more suited for a less dense area - like Singapore - because the technology does not have some of the limitations of Metro-Ethernet. With FTTH, cables can be run without such switches, cutting down setup and maintenance costs"
"I think what the Government wants is a network that is for the future, and not just an upgrade of what you have now."
Metro-E? FTTH? or DOCSIS? Stay tune for the result of the bid next year ....
See also my previous blog entry:
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