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Faster Net links for needy students at more affordable prices

IDA tender calls for speeds to go up from 1Mbps to at least 25Mbps

Published on Jun 11, 2014 7:09 AM
Posed photo of a girl sitting in front of a computer and surfing the internet. -- PHOTO: ST FILE

Work is under way to overhaul a decade-old official broadband subsidy scheme so as to make high-speed links more affordable to needy students.

Instead of a surfing speed of 1Mbps, it will be bumped up to at least 25Mbps, according to tender documents seen by The Straits Times.

The boost is the latest in a series of enhancements by the authorities to bridge the digital divide.

The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore, or IDA, did not specify in its papers how much needy students will have to pay for the faster speed.

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