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M1 to offer fixed broadband from today

IN a move that gives more choice to broadband customers, Singapore’s smallest telco, MobileOne (M1), announced yesterday that it will offer fixed broadband services from today.

With this, M1 joins StarHub and Singapore Telecommunications (SingTel) in offering both fixed and mobile broadband services. M1 was the first telco to introduce mobile broadband service in Singapore in 2006.

According to M1, it will offer four unlimited data plans. The lowest offers 10 megabits per second (mbps). The other three speeds are 15 mbps, 30 mbps and 100 mbps. With the 100 mbps option, M1 joins StarHub in offering the highest connection speeds in Singapore today.

The promotional price for the 10 mbps plan is $43.50 a month, with existing M1 customers paying $40.60 a month. For the 100 mbps plan, the promotional price is $88.50 a month with existing M1 customers paying $76.70 a month.

Customers will be offered a plug and play cable modem as part of the launch promotion when they sign up for the service.

M1 fixed broadband will be available to all homes with cable access points or which are cable-ready, according to an M1 spokesman.

He added that the service is capable of achieving download speeds of up to 100 mbps and upload speeds of up to 2 mbps.

The spokesman added that fixed broadband customers will be connected to M1’s infrastructure via StarHub Cable’s open access network. ‘The traffic is then carried from our network to the Internet.’

When asked about what additional investment was done by M1 for this service, the spokesman said that routers and other such enabling hardware were added to the company’s existing infrastructure to enable this.

M1 and StarHub are both part of the Infinity Consortium, along with Hong Kong-based City Telecom (HK) Ltd. The consortium is one of the two bidders for building Singapore’s prestigious Next Generation National Broadband Network (NGNBN).

Neil Montefiore, M1’s CEO, said the company is repositioning itself for the future as it develops new businesses anchored on its core competencies.

‘The launch of M1 fixed broadband is an important step in our planned transformation from a single-play mobile operator to a dynamic multi-play operator with interests in both the mobile and fixed sectors,’ he added.

Commenting on the M1 offerings, a StarHub spokesman said: ‘The landscape for broadband services is set to change even more radically in the coming years with the Government’s NGNBN initiative.

‘This recent move by our Infinity consortium member should come as no surprise, as we all prepare for new challenges and opportunities. Singaporeans can always count on StarHub to remain committed to offering a strong value proposition to customers, especially those who want fast broadband, mobile, fixed line, and CableTV services from a single service provider.’

A SingTel spokesman noted: ‘We welcome competition and will continue to ensure that our quad-play service offerings – fixed, broadband, mobile and TV – will delight and meet our customers’ needs.’

For more information about M1 fixed broadband, visit: www.m1.com.sg/broadband.

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