StarHub to stop fresh investment in HFC rollouts

23 Apr 2018

Singaporean fixed and mobile operator StarHub last Friday (20 April) announced that it will cease further rollout of its hybrid fibre coaxial (HFC) network to new residential and commercial buildings. In a press release, the telco said that ‘for any customers moving into new buildings that obtain Temporary Occupation Permit status after 30 April 2018, StarHub will deliver its broadband, pay-TV and fixed voice services over the Nationwide Broadband Network (NBN) or via its own fibre infrastructure’. The operator has been sequentially expanding its own fibre infrastructure in the past few years to reach more commercial buildings, providing companies with diversity in internet access, it notes. StarHub says it intends to provide customers with more details of its future plans where it concerns its existing HFC infrastructure in due course, although chief technology officer Chong Siew Loong pointed out: ‘Today, Singapore has the world’s fastest fixed broadband speed on fibre connections, which is important in our country’s quest to be a Smart Nation. A significant number of our customers have already moved to fibre networks, and we will continue to help the rest to get their homes and offices onto fibre, to embrace technologies and data for smarter living and working.’

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