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No OpenNet!

Postby ComingSoon » Mon, 11 Mar 2013 2:31 pm

So I contacted OpenNet today and they informed me that my area doesn't have OpenNet fibre installed yet, but it should be set up by July.

Does this mean that I can't order Starhub or Singtel fibre broadband until OpenNet is completed installations in my area?

The main companies (M1, Starhub, Singtel) seem to require 2 year contracts. I'd hate to sign up for 2 years of cable when fibre will be available soon. Can you think of some options?

I was considering getting a MiFi device for a few months and using with my desktop until fibre is ready. Does that make sense?

Any (constructive) thoughts and inputs are welcome!

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Postby BillyB » Mon, 11 Mar 2013 2:54 pm

Do you use local-based or mainly international websites?

I was told by those lovely chaps at Starhub that high-speed fibre is only beneficial if you are using Singapore websites, and, if you use international sites fibre bandwidth is throttled going out of Singapore and cable is faster.

(Never really noticed much speed difference on klukluxklan2013meetups.com and sms'ultimatereaderswivescollection.com so far, though)

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Postby ComingSoon » Mon, 11 Mar 2013 3:00 pm

BillyB wrote:Do you use local-based or mainly international websites?


Mostly I use overseas websites, but I do a lot of video and a bit of gaming, so stronger connections are preferred.

I wonder if I could just use my cell phone for a few months as a wifi hotspot for the desktop???

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Postby BillyB » Mon, 11 Mar 2013 3:07 pm

ComingSoon wrote:
BillyB wrote:Do you use local-based or mainly international websites?


Mostly I use overseas websites, but I do a lot of video and a bit of gaming, so stronger connections are preferred.

I wonder if I could just use my cell phone for a few months as a wifi hotspot for the desktop???



Hotpsotting would be painfully slow for most things other than email.

If you get cable and hardwire your gaming computer - on a 100mb plan, for example - it's not uncommon to consistently hit 75-90mb per second download rates. Although, I'm not a gamer so not sure if that's fast enough these days!

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Postby ComingSoon » Mon, 11 Mar 2013 3:14 pm

[/quote] Although, I'm not a gamer so not sure if that's fast enough these days![/quote]

Cable is probably fine. I just feel silly contracting for 2 years of cable when fiber will be available in a few months. Oh well - it's probably not avoidable this time around!

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Re: No OpenNet!

Postby syamsulstar » Mon, 11 Mar 2013 4:59 pm

ComingSoon wrote:So I contacted OpenNet today and they informed me that my area doesn't have OpenNet fibre installed yet, but it should be set up by July.

Does this mean that I can't order Starhub or Singtel fibre broadband until OpenNet is completed installations in my area?
- Yes.

The main companies (M1, Starhub, Singtel) seem to require 2 year contracts. I'd hate to sign up for 2 years of cable when fibre will be available soon. Can you think of some options?
- I think you should go ahead and sign up a cable plan. When fiber is ready, you can simply ask them to upgrade your plan. I dont think they would have any issues with it, but please confirm with them first. It would be a different story if you want to cancel or downgrade.

I was considering getting a MiFi device for a few months and using with my desktop until fibre is ready. Does that make sense?
- I think this would be too slow for anything other than emails.

Any (constructive) thoughts and inputs are welcome!

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Postby zzm9980 » Mon, 11 Mar 2013 6:59 pm

OpenNet is indeed the only game in town.

Even with international bandwidth throttling, fiber will be faster due to lower latency. Your other options (especially Singtel MIO DSL) has painfully high latency due to the asymmetric bandwidth allocation.

I've heard anecdotally that Singtel will convert your non-Fiber contract to Fiber without a problem once it's available, while starhub will tell you to f*ck yourself.

If you can wait, I would go with MyRepublic or SuperInternet. they're also opennet fiber, but much better (and more honest) than the big 3 (Singtel/Starhub/M1)


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