TELECOM & INTERNET | Staff Reporter, Singapore

StarHub, M1 to watch out for TPG's fibre broadband services

The new telco may be launching the new service in 2H17.

Lesser telco giants StarHub and M1 are forging a win-win outcome through their network sharing.

According to UOB KayHian, StarHub and M1 intend to share radio access (base stations) and backhaul transmission network in a comprehensive manner across 3G, 4G, and 5G.

"Network sharing allows StarHub to ensure that it provides the best-in-class mobile coverage whilst simultaneously minimising capex and opex. Going forward, StarHub would compete and differentiate itself based on service quality," UOB noted.

Meanwhile, the brokerage firm noted that StarHub may be anticipating TPG's next move, which is the launching of fibre broadband services in 2H17, leveraging on its strength and expertise in fixed-line network in its home ground in Australia.

"This serves to build TPG’s branding in Singapore before it launches mobile services in 2H18," UOB said.

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