TELECOM & INTERNET | Staff Reporter, Singapore

Singtel to close ADSL services by April 2018

It aims to ramp up fibre-based service adoption for its customers.

Singtel will start upgrading fibre-based service adoption for its business and residential customers.

According to a press release, Singtel will use fibre-based networks to provide the connectivity needed in Singapore's Smart Nation initiative. Currently, fibre-based networks deliver speeds of up to 100 Gbps.

As part of Singtel’s transition to fibre services, it will shut down its asymmetric digital subscriber line (ADSL) network.

The company will halt copper deployment to commercial buildings that have Temporary Occupation Permit (TOP) status from April 2018 and will serve customers in these buildings using fibre-based networks.

Commercial buildings that have TOP status before April 2018 will not be affected.

Singtel has ceased copper deployment to residential venues since 2013.

ADSL has supported broadband, TV, Digital Voice and private network services. Singtel expects the closure to be completed by early 2018.

Wong Soon Nam, vice president, Consumer Products, Consumer Singapore, Singtel, said, "Singtel will work closely with relevant stakeholders to ensure our customers will enjoy a smooth and fuss-free transition to the fibre network. We will also reach out to customers through various channels to make sure they are informed of the impending change and make available a range of affordable plans to cater to their varied communication needs."

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