Singapore NBN sparks ISP competition

Dylan Bushell-Embling
01 Sep 2010
Daily News

Singapore's state-funded next-gen broadband network began commercial operations yesterday, with two new ISPs joining the market.

The NBN wholesaler, Nucleus Connect, announced the commercial launch of the network yesterday with five retail customers - M1, SingTel and StarHub and newcomers SuperInternet and LGA.

These operators have already started competing against each other for subscribers, in the rumblings of a price war.

M1 said it will today launch a free three-month trial of services to customers who sign up today.

It is offering price plans from S$39 ($28.74) for a 25Mbps symmetrical connection, to $59 for $100Mbps symmetrical, to S$399 for 1Gbps downlink and 500Mbps uplink.

Broadband leader SingTel is selling downlink speeds of up to 200Mbps and uplink speeds of up to 100Mbps. Some consumer services will be bundled with features such as unified messaging and video chat services, while others will include video search, pay TV services and access to SingTel's TV apps store.

Prices will range from S$85.90 for a 150Mbps connection to S109.90 for the more expensive 200Mbps plans.

StarHub, the operationally separated owner of Nucleus Connect, plans to unveil details of its plans on Thursday.

SuperInternet is promising a S$53.50 per month 100Mbps service for consumers and a S$178 plan for a symmetrical connection for business customers.

Business IT provider LGA Telecom will unveil its first services next month, the Straits Times reported.

Construction of the fiber network, backed by S$1 billion in government funds, began nearly a year ago, with Huawei winning the lion's share of the infrastructure contracts.

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