Fibre broadband sign-ups in June hit a record high; OpenNet to up installation capacity

A record number of 31,000 users signed up for fibre broadband service in Singapore last month, bringing the total number of fibre subscribers to about 380,000.

The "exceptionally high demand" for fibre connections came during the PC show held in early June, OpenNet, the builder of Singapore's fibre broadband infrastructure, said in a statement on Monday. The previous monthly new subscription record was 23,236.

"We are seeing robust demand for fibre broadband as Internet Service Providers (ISPs) step-up their promotion of fibre broadband packages greater than 100Mbps," said Mr Daniel Ho, director of business development and communications of OpenNet. At the PC show last month, M1 led the pack with the cheapest offer: $39 per month for a plan providing a download and upload speed of 200Mbps.

To cope with the surge of subscribers, OpenNet said it will boost installation capacity by 30 per cent from next week onwards. It has also allocated 2,000 extra slots per week till the end of July for customers to schedule installation of fibre points. The number of slots for Saturday installations will also be boosted by more than 300 per week.