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One in five homes now surfing on ultra-fast broadband network

About one in five homes in Singapore is now surfing on the new fibre broadband network.
The Straits Times - September 4, 2012
By: Irene Tham
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One in five homes now surfing on ultra-fast broadband network OpenNet said it received 7,000 sign-ups alone from the recently ended Comex IT event. -- ST FILE PHOTO

ABOUT one in five homes in Singapore is now surfing on the new fibre broadband network - nearly double the figure in January.

According to latest figures released yesterday by OpenNet, the network builder, this works out to be about 200,000 subscribers, of which about 7,000 are sign-ups from the recently ended Comex 2012 IT event.

The new ultra-fast network promises connection speeds of up to 1GB per second, 10 times faster than current available speeds.

Mr Daniel Ho, OpenNet's director of business development and communications, said the increase in subscriptions is "especially notable", given that the market is dominated by traditional ADSL and cable broadband services.

At 200,000 subscribers, fibre broadband users form a small proportion of the 1.3 million wired broadband users in Singapore.

The record number of OpenNet subscribers follows the Infocomm Development Authority's orders earlier this year for the network builder to improve its installation rate.

Since then, the waiting time for customers to get a connection from OpenNet has come down to three business days.

Before, the waiting time ranged from one to three weeks.

Last month, OpenNet said its chief executive, Mr Khoo Chin Hean, would leave the company after this month for personal reasons.

Chief operating officer Mark Blake will take over as interim CEO.

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