OpenNet (Singapore) says,
“The Next Generation Nationwide Broadband Network is Singapore’s all-fibre ultra-high-speed broadband network, a project under the Intelligent National 2015 (iN2015) masterplan by the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), that is capable of delivering speeds of 1Gbps and above, to all homes, offices and schools to offer pervasive connectivity around Singapore.”
That was last year’s news. For some of us, NGNBN will only come next year. You can check your rollout date at http://rollout.opennet.com.sg/
There is now revived interest in the NGNBN as some properties have been wired up and telcos have begun announcing two-year fibre broadband plans. According to this article posted earlier this morning in Today,
“Starhub just launched a range of residential broadband plans priced between $68.27 and $395.90 a month but market observers say M1’s offerings appear to be the most aggressive, with residential plans ranging from $39 to $399 a month. SingTel charges between $85.90 and $109.90 a month.”
Sounds exciting, 1,000mbps! However that may cost something in the region of $400/month for a speed like that. If you scale it down a notch, to 100mbps, you are looking at $59/month with M1:
If this seems enticing, why wait? M1’s 100mbps residential broadband is already up for grabs at that price now:
For a quick peek at prices, IDA publishes a comparison of residential broadband plans. M1’s price has been competitive for some time now. and the best value for heavy users at $/kbps.
But bon’t get too excited about advertised speeds though, as there are other bottlenecks at work, internally and externally. Using Speedtest.net, I have never reached the “Maximum Available Download Throughput” speeds as advertised, even for local tests when directly plugged in to the modem. For international tests, I never came close.
Internally, sped bumps include your computer’s processor model and speed, I/O bus frequency, wireless router and even the type of ethernet cable. My 4-year old MacBook Pro and the current wireless router do slow things down but even so, the relatively higher speeds I experienced during an expensive 6-month trial were enough to have me sign up for 2-years with an M1 100mbps residential broadband plan.
The contract runs out in November 2011 and NGNBN arrives in my area in Sep 2011.