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Fibre broadband based internet was first available in Singapore in 2010. It allowed consumers to surf at speeds of up to 1Gbps, which was significantly faster than the fastest cable connection available then. I recall that some sections of the population were reluctant with the advent of this new technology as it meant a certain amount of upgradation works, as it would mean infrastructure work externally and also installation of new ports, internally at households. The authorities responded by offering free one time upgrades (meaning those that did not agree to the transition to fibre broadbamd, would have to pay if they changed their minds in the future). That just about settled any further discussions.

 

This shot was taken at Singapore's historic Central Fire Station, which has a small museum.  

Essential Communication

Fibre broadband based internet was first available in Singapore in 2010. It allowed consumers to surf at speeds of up to 1Gbps, which was significantly faster than the fastest cable connection available then. I recall that some sections of the population were reluctant with the advent of this new technology as it meant a certain amount of upgradation works, as it would mean infrastructure work externally and also installation of new ports, internally at households. The authorities responded by offering free one time upgrades (meaning those that did not agree to the transition to fibre broadbamd, would have to pay if they changed their minds in the future). That just about settled any further discussions.

 

This shot was taken at Singapore's historic Central Fire Station, which has a small museum.  

comments (12)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 31 Aug 2019, 00:15
I would need bigger pockets...
Ayush Basu: A shoulder back more likely, Ray.
Jolie pièce de musée.
Ayush Basu: It was indeed an interesting find, Martine.
HELLO! Operator!?!?
Ayush Basu: ... static from the other end of the line.... grin
  • Chris
  • England
  • 31 Aug 2019, 06:26
Areal blast from the past here Ayush
Ayush Basu: I have seen those with the rotating dialing mechanisms in operation, but none such as this, Chris.
Sounds like your broadband is way ahead of ours. Love the old phone
Ayush Basu: It has become an essential part of life in Singapore, Bill - any outage even though rare, is met with extreme annoyance.
Shame our government can't offer the same broadband facilities to all of us. I do like this phone, is that two bells on the top that ring when there's a call?
Ayush Basu: I confess I cannot answer your question about the two bells, Brian.
Smart move by the authorities!
Ayush Basu: Yes, they knew how to smoothly bypass the opposition, Mary.
Why would anyone want 1GB/sfor home
Ayush Basu: Nowadays, everyone wants everything bigger, faster and better, Martin. And the thing is that the amount downloads, file sizes and the more intensive digital content means that actually those broadband capacities are indeed relevant.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 1 Sep 2019, 18:20
My main career was with British Telecom (BT) and I did everything from wiring up telephone exchanges, providing business switchboards, data communications over telephone wires and sorting out the repair process for broadband nationally. My broadband speed is just 1/5th of your 1GB!
Ayush Basu: I am no expert but I believe the 1Gbps is referring to the maximum capacity, Alan. In reality, I imagine that the actual speed is only as good as the weakest link. Interesting you mentioned your work - I worked briefly for another BT (Bombardier Transport).
1 Gbps! Wow - we think we are doing well if we get 50 Mbps!
Ayush Basu: I imagine that the actual speed is only as good as the weakest link (overall traffic, amount of users, usage at the peak hours, etc), Tom.
yeah, we even got two, no three free cell phones when we upgraded lol... tho i don't notice any speed increase... weird...
neat picture!! cool phone...
Ayush Basu: I really do not understand how they work that out financially, Elaine, I mean how do they make money?
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
  • 5 Sep 2019, 03:41
what an old find

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