Singtel to launch next-gen GPON pilot, 10Gbps service for residential customers
By Digital News Asia May 20, 2015
- Pilot with select customers begins next quarter, rollout later in the year
- Company currently claims more than 50% share of Singapore’s fibre market
SINGAPORE Telecommunications Ltd (Singtel) said it will be soon be deploying next-generation GPON (Gigabit Passive Optical Network) on its Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) network.
The service will be offered to a selected group of customers during the pilot phase that will begin in the next quarter. Singtel plans to make the service available to all fibre customers in the later part of the year.
The technology will give customers the option of a 10Gbps fibre broadband service, useful for applications such as running multiple 4K video sessions, where users will enjoy sharper pictures and richer colours.
A 50GB HD (high definition) video can be downloaded within a minute using a 10Gbps line, Singtel said in a statement.
The maximum bandwidth currently available to customers is 1Gbps on Singtel’s Unlimited Fibre plan, it added.
“Over 70% of our customers are on fibre. We believe in constantly innovating and looking for ways to bring them better speeds using the newest technologies,” said chief technology officer Tay Soo Meng (pic).
“Most of these households already have multiple devices connected to their home network. The adoption of this technology will help us meet demand as the number of applications increase and become even more bandwidth intensive,” he added.
Online gaming, remote medical services, and next-generation 3D TV are other applications that will benefit from the increased bandwidth, Singtel said.
Singtel currently claims a more than 50% share of the Singapore fibre market.
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