Did they say 1,000mbps?

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/

OpenNet » Coverage Check

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:

M1 NGNBN 100mbps

If this seems enticing, why wait? M1’s 100mbps residential broadband is already up for grabs at that price now:

M1 Comex 2010 home broadband

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.

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One thought on “Did they say 1,000mbps?

  1. Claims like these are no longer fiction. However expecting a quantum leap in speed is an act of futility.

    If the undersea cables connecting Lion City to the world are not upgraded in bandwidth, those jockeys on HWZone won’t be half wrong. To be fair, there should be some increase with international speeds. But as always, the ISPs are careful to state the difference between accessing local and international content.

    Boxes, boxes and more boxes. All subscribers will be saddled with an additional box to their power bill. An Optical Network Terminal (ONT), provided by Nucleus Connect, interfaces between your fibre wall-socket and the Residential Gateway (RG) wireless router. Both boxes are provided by Huawei, HG863 for the ONT and HG236 for the RG.

    It appears that the mandatory use of the ONT is non-negotiable, in that you are not allowed to chose your own consolidated fibre modem/gateway. Which is a shame since DrayTek manufactures a wireless gateway with a fibre connector for just this purpose. Naturally, the ONT’s MAC hardware ID is registered to your address.

    Prices should consolidate in the next 24 months while the rest of the island is wired up. Prices of cable and ADSL plans should also be adjusted further to coax the uptake of fibre in the internet diet.

    Photos of the ONT and RG – http://tinyurl.com/2wb4zsf
    User Guide for the Huawei HG236 RG – http://tinyurl.com/26qeyl8

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