Singaporean incumbent Singtel has signalled the coming end of its investment in copper access technologies for business customers in favour of optical fibre.
This month the telco announced that it was accelerating fibre-based service adoption for its business and residential customers. In line with this initiative, Singtel will cease copper deployment to commercial buildings that obtain Temporary Occupation Permit (TOP) status from April 2018, and will serve customers in these buildings using fibre-based networks. Commercial buildings that obtain TOP status before April 2018 will not be affected. Singtel ceased copper deployment to new residential buildings since 2013.
Singtel will also progressively close copper-based ADSL services that currently support broadband, TV, digital voice and private network services. This closure is scheduled to be completed by early 2018.
At present Singtel fibre-based networks deliver speeds of up to 100 Gbits/s and provide the connectivity needed in the “Smart Nation” future envisioned by the Singaporean authorities.
“We are pleased to make this technology adoption push in support of today’s digital economy and tomorrow’s connected Smart Nation. Fibre-based networks today (are) capable of offering far greater speeds and supporting a much wider range of services than the prevailing copper-based networks. Fibre also provides customers with a robust connectivity that supports unified business communication applications and smart home services,” said Wong Soon Nam, Vice President, Consumer Products, Consumer Singapore, Singtel.
“Singtel will work closely with relevant stakeholders to ensure our customers will enjoy a smooth and fuss-free transition to the fibre network,” added Wong. “We will also reach out to customers through various channels to make sure they are informed of the impending change and make available a range of affordable plans to cater to their varied communication needs.”