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Green Packet bags Singapore WiMAX license

Posted: 09 Nov 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:WiMAX? Singapore WBA license? network?

Pacnet has agreed to transfer its redundant facilities-based operator (FBO) license in Singapore and its associated Wireless Broadband Access (WBA) spectrum right to Malaysia WiMAX solutions provider Green Packet Berhad's Singapore company, Packet One Pte Ltd (P1).

Transfer of this WBA associated FBO license will not impact Pacnet's facilities based position in Singapore as the company retains all necessary licenses to operate its core businesses in the SME, enterprise and carrier space. Formed by the operational merger of Asia Netcom and Pacific Internet, Pacnet remains an independent telecommunications service provider in Singapore and across the region. Pacnet owns and operates EAC-C2C, the region's largest privately owned subsea cable network, which has its Network Operations Center in Singapore.

The successful transfer of this license and its WBA spectrum right, upon final approval from the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore, will be seen both as a proof point and catalyst to P1's position in the WiMAX space. P1 currently ranks in the top five WiMAX operators in the world in terms of network size and subscriber base.

"The transfer of this WBA spectrum right and FBO license in Singapore to P1 is in line with our strategy of divesting non-core assets and growing our partner network to better serve our customers," said Jacques Gr�zaud, country manager, Pacnet Singapore. "Pacnet has a long history serving thousands of SME customers across the region. Our latest partnership will enable Green Packet to support the highly demanding mobile data market in Singapore, enabling consumers to enjoy world class WiMAX solutions."

According to Informa's 3G Wireless Broadband report, high speed mobile subscriptions for Singapore's top three operators increased on average by close to 150 percent in 2008-09 to 710,000 subscribers. And this growth is expected to continue as subscribers move from home to personal broadband.

P1 plans
CC Puan, group managing director and CEO of Green Packet, said, "P1's extension into Singapore is a first step towards the company's mission to build a multi-market, pan-regional footprint and to become South East Asia's leading 4G WiMAX operator. P1 and Green Packet aim to deliver superior user experience for mobile broadband access in any market. To this end, Singapore offers an excellent reference platform and test-bed as an advanced market for us to develop innovative seamless mobility technology and applications."

As part of the business strategy, P1's entry into Singapore is also expected to deliver the immediate benefit and competitive proposition of roaming for its subscribers. As an indication of the market size and demand for roaming services, cross-border visitor arrivals between Malaysia and Singapore totaled 11.65 million in 2008 according to tourism statistics.

Michael Lai, CEO of P1 Malaysia said, "Since we launched, we've worked hard to build the P1 brand equity and to deliver superior service experience. Our entry into Singapore to become a multi-market player will enable us to offer a robust alternative to compliment mobile operators and create a compelling proposition for both our individual and corporate customers via roaming services. We look forward to bringing the P1 experience beyond Malaysia further down south."

Lai added that Singapore presents a tremendous growth opportunity to P1 due the Republic's advanced mobile data demand. The proximity to Malaysia will also allow the Singapore operations to tap into the existing Kuala Lumpur services such as the billing systems, customer service support and so forth for substantial CAPEX savings.

P1 Singapore would offer supplementary bandwidth to which existing telcos could offload data traffic to minimize network congestion. It also plans to bundle mobility to FTTH players to complement their services.

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