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StarHub, Vyyo team up for Singapore's broadband initiative

Posted: 15 Mar 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:broadband? hybrid fiber-coax? Spectrum Overlay? StarHub? Vyyo?

Vyyo Inc. and StarHub have partnered to respond to a Request- for-Proposal for Singapore's Next Generation National Broadband Network (Next Gen NBN) project.

According to the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), the Next Gen NBN will "entrench Singapore's Infocomm hub status and open the doors to new economic opportunities, business growth and social vibrancy for the country." IDA suggests that Next Gen NBN will be capable of ultra high speeds of symmetric 1Gbps or more.

Vyyo and Singapore's StarHub will work together to facilitate a deployment of Vyyo 3GHz Spectrum Overlay within the existing StarHub hybrid fiber-coax (HFC) infrastructure. Vyyo explained that its Spectrum Overlay leverages higher frequencies on existing coaxial cable, doubling downstream bandwidth and increasing upstream bandwidth by a factor of at least four. The combination of Vyyo's Spectrum Overlay with DOCSIS 3.0 gives StarHub the most cost-effective market solution for delivering ultra high-speed data services as well as a clear migration path toward delivering more advanced services in the future, the companies said.

Using a pre-DOCSIS 3.0 CMTS and modem, the companies successfully tested channel bonding of four downstream channels using Vyyo's products. Later this year, StarHub plans to deploy Vyyo's products in greenfield sites, in anticipation of its deployment of new services over Spectrum Overlay.

"As part of our on-going upgrade to deploy ultra-high broadband access with DOCSIS 3.0, we see that Vyyo's Spectrum Overlay can effectively deliver the performance Singapore needs over our existing HFC infrastructure, in a more efficient manner," said Thomas Ee, senior vice president for cable, fixed and IP services, StarHub.

"Our extensive research on bandwidth enhancement solutions has shown StarHub that Vyyo's Spectrum Overlay is the most cost-effective technology for the advanced data services that will fit well into the requirements of advanced broadband markets like Singapore," commented Vyyo COO Avner Kol.

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