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Broadband speeds in Singapore have doubled: Study

Those surfing overseas websites gain after SingTel, StarHub lift speed caps

Published on Nov 7, 2012 6:00 AM
 
Broadband users in Singapore are surfing on overseas websites like Facebook at twice the speed they used to get, the latest broadband test results show. -- PHOTO: ISTOCKPHOTO

Broadband users in Singapore are surfing on overseas websites like Facebook at twice the speed they used to get, the latest broadband test results show.

The reason: Two major Internet service providers (ISPs) have lifted the caps placed on customers' overseas connection speeds.

Since September, SingTel has given its 100 Mbps fibre broadband users an overseas connection speed that averages 34.9 Mbps while StarHub's is 32.1 Mbps, according to the test commissioned by the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA).

Previously, their speeds hovered at around 15 Mbps for those on lower-end plans. For higher- end 200 Mbps plans, overseas links were capped at 25 Mbps. These limits, in place for more than two years, were removed by SingTel in end-August and StarHub in mid-September.

 
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Software engineer Lester Chan used to take an hour on his StarHub 150 Mbps fibre connections to download a 4GB Blu-ray movie from an overseas server. Now, it takes less than half the time.


 Systems analyst Esther Peck no longer experiences a time lag when streaming movies from China websites such as Tudou and Funshion over her 50 Mbps SingTel connections.