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SingTel starts ultra-fast 80 Mbps broadband trials at two condominiums

Source: www.singtel.com

SingTel first to trial Fibre-to-the-Home and Residential Metro Ethernet in Singapore

Use of technologies to deliver ultra-fast broadband speeds of up to 80 Mbps

SingTel today (24 Jul 2006) announced the start of trials for Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) and residential Metro Ethernet (ME) technology in two selected condominiums in Singapore.
The technologies will allow SingTel to offer customers ultra-fast broadband speeds of up to 80 Mbps that will also enable advanced triple play of voice, video and data services.
Residents of the 80-unit Leonie Hills Residences started their FTTH trial over the weekend, while residents of the 756-unit The Gardens at Bishan condominium will be able to try ME technology from 10 August 2006.
Alcatel is the provider of the equipment and associated support in the trials while 2Wire is the customer premise equipment provider.
The trials feature free unlimited high-speed Internet access to the residents for six months.
FTTH is a technology that brings optical fibre directly into the subscriber¡¯s home or office. ME is an Ethernet technology network in a metropolitan area.
Mr Hui Weng Cheong, SingTel¡¯s Vice President (Consumer Products) and CEO of SingNet, said: ¡°We are pleased to be the first to initiate FTTH and residential ME trials here in Singapore. These trials will be an effective test bed for the delivery of faster and more advanced broadband applications to our customers.
¡°With speeds of up to 80 Mbps, the trial participants will be able to watch video-on-demand, play games with low latency, download large music and video files more quickly, and make video calls using their computer or laptop. We look forward to receiving their feedback on the user-experience and the services offered over these new technology platforms.¡±
Together with the 80 Mbps broadband access package, SingTel has bundled applications and value-added services worth up to $1,600 to residents who sign up for the trial. The complimentary applications include on-demand full-length movies and videos of Real SuperPass (Asia Pacific edition), My Album, online gaming, Video Call on Broadband, as well as high speed 2Mbps hotspot access at Leonie Hill Residences.
Mr Hui said: ¡°We remain committed to meeting our customers¡¯ need for speed and being responsive to market interest in emerging high-speed broadband technologies. As such, SingTel has been actively developing technology platforms other than ADSL (Asymmetrical Digital Subscriber Line) for residential consumers.
¡°These new technologies will enable us to provide downstream and upstream access speeds from 80 Mbps to 1 Gbps to meet future demand and deliver greater value to our customers.¡±
For more information about the trials, please visit www.singtel.com/80m.

Source: www.singtel.com News Release 24 Jul 2006

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