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Wow – Singtel Deploys 10Gbps Home Broadband Service in Singapore

Thursday, February 4th, 2016 (9:04 am) - Score 1,596

As the United Kingdom continues to fight over the coverage of so-called “superfast broadband“, where download speeds must be greater than 24Mbps (0.024Gbps), Singapore has decided to up its game even further by offering home customers of Singtel a 10,000Mbps (10Gbps) FTTH package!

The new service, which somewhat puts the UK’s plan to shame, will be delivered over Singtel’s Next Generation 10GPON (Gigabit Passive Optical Network) platform. On the other hand Singapore is a fundamentally very different market, being effectively one big city-state where the commercial model is much easier to make and any public funding will reach many more people in a shorter space of time.

At the same time there are at least some UK providers that can already deliver Gigabit capable broadband packages, albeit with very limited coverage, such as B4RN, Hyperoptic and Gigaclear. In fact the latter is about to start trials of a new 5,000Mbps (5Gbps) service (here). Sadly the national UK picture is rather less impressive.

Mr Goh Seow Eng, Singtel’s MD of Consumer, said:

“We made a commitment to our customers to bring them the best network innovations, the very latest technologies for work and play. We recognise that residential customers are using greater bandwidth and requiring faster speeds for their online activities. Our 10Gbps Fibre Home Bundle will offer households the fastest fibre broadband experience in Singapore.”

The service itself will cost S$189 a month (around £92), which obviously pegs it as a high-end premium product, and subscribers will receive the following.

Singtel’s 10Gbps Fibre Home Bundle

* 10G Optical Network Router (ONR)
* Wireless Dual-Band AC router
* NLT installation up to S$235.40 and Singtel
* weekday installation worth S$90
* 4G Mobile Broadband 500MB
* 24 Month Contract
* Complimentary WiFi Mesh Dual Pack worth S$240

It’s all very impressive, although in order to get the most out of it you’d need computer kit that can actually run at 10Gbps (forget about WiFi). The reality for consumers in Singapore is also one where what is advertised and what consumers can actually use is more of a challenge. Certainly you won’t find many domestic Internet content services that could even come remotely close to needing or being able to fully harness a 10Gbps connection, let alone 1Gbps.

Heck even finding services that can gobble all of a 100Mbps link is still difficult for the vast majority of people in normal usage environments. At 10Gbps the limits of both ISP network capacity and international network congestion would also become an even greater barrier. Never the less the thirst for speed does occasional overrule practical logic and if you can beat your rivals to the marketing punch then why not.

Mind you for the more modest consumer Singtel will give you a 1Gbps unlimited home service for just £24 per month, which is more akin to what we see from B4RN in the United Kingdom. We note that prices for 1Gbps have come down quite a bit in Singapore since more operators began competing over the same service option in 2013/14. Most other ISPs now have a similar package, but Singtel are the first to do 10Gbps. It will be a long time before we see that on a national scale in the UK. A very.. long.. time.

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12 Responses
  1. Avatar Matt says:

    It will be a long while before we see national 100Mbps+ in the UK never mind this.

  2. Avatar - says:

    or being able to fully harness a 10Gbps connection, let alone 1Gbps.

  3. Avatar Rick Dawson says:

    what upload rates are they though?

  4. Avatar Ignition says:

    Singapore is a very strange one. The place itself is basically a MAN now.

    However, bandwidth drops off a cliff when you leave Singapore and there’s pretty heavy censorship, reflecting Singapore’s rather lacking idea of a ‘democracy’.

    Obviously this stuff is largely a gimmick, however the government and providers have produced a national fibre network and it was a matter of time before these packages started to emerge.

    At least one of the providers actually gives away free 100Mb cable service with FTTP service to ensure you don’t have to rely on wireless throughout your not especially large apartment.

  5. Avatar Phill says:

    @rick upload rates vary but I’m with MyRepublic and get 1gbit down 500mbit up.

  6. Avatar Phill says:

    Ignition – that is simply not true. Besides porn. There is almost no censorship. Connections to Europe, America. Etc. Are super fast. My ISP gives us an America ip so we can get Netflix. Streaming is flawless.

    1. Avatar Darren says:

      Singapore sounds like a decent place to live.

    2. Avatar Ignition says:

      Happy to stand corrected if my information was out of date. Came from an ex-pat who lives there. May just be his ISP.

      Thank you.

  7. Avatar Darren says:

    I’m not impressed. I think we should carry on dicking about with long lengths of copper and piddly upload speeds.

  8. Avatar Mike says:

    4Mbps here while they roll out 10000Mbps over there… *sigh*

    1. Avatar Ignition says:

      I’m sure if the entire population of the UK were in a single city we’d have 1Gb-10Gb too. It isn’t, and we don’t.

      Besides, any attempt to roll out faster services in cities tends to cause complaints 🙂

  9. Avatar Ian says:

    I have just ordered the SingTel 10 GBPS connection, its being installed next week. In order for me to benefit, I am having to buy a new Network Interface Card for the PC I intend getting those speeds on and the rest of the PC is very high-end, also required. On my existing 500MBPS fiber connection, I get fantastic international bandwidth, Netflix etc. is perfect. Singapore has really done its job in brining the nation into the 21st Century and beyond, I am appalled by the state of the Internet in the UK which was my former home.

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