M1 rolls out 10Gbps fibre broadband plan for home users

M1 is the latest telco to roll out a premium 10Gbps fibre broadband plan for home users.
M1 is the latest telco to roll out a premium 10Gbps fibre broadband plan for home users.PHOTO: M1

SINGAPORE - M1 today rolled out its premium 10Gbps fibre broadband plan for home users, three weeks after Singtel and SuperInternet announced theirs.

Such speeds are typically used by businesses, but they are now being offered to consumers as more homes are using multiple devices such as computers, smartphones and tablets.

M1's plan costs $189 a month. This is similar to Singtel and SuperInternet's, which cost $189 and $199, respectively.

"Last August, we launched Singapore's first 10Gbps service for the corporate segment. The service has been well-received, and since then we have been conducting network and equipment testing to ensure our service is ready for our residential customers," said M1 chief marketing officer P. Subramaniam.

Like Singtel, M1 will throw in a free optical network router (ONR) with one port that can deliver surfing speeds of up to 10Gbps to an individual computer. Existing fibre broadband users need to upgrade to the ONR to enjoy the higher speed, which allows a high-definition movie to be downloaded in minutes instead of hours.

Meanwhile, SuperInternet differentiates itself by promising "no throttling", or slowing down of services - unlike most broadband plans.

But only high-end computers that cost about $4,000 each can support speeds of 10Gbps. The higher speeds will address the issue of a surfing slowdown, which happens when multiple devices share the same household connection. The lag is most noticeable in video streaming and online gaming