Sunday, February 12, 2006

Singapore lags behind Hong Kong and Taiwan in IPTV but strives to catch up

IPTV is coming to Singapore. Soon but not yet. It is getting there. Alcatel and Singapore's Economic Development Board (EDB) on February 7 jointly launched their vision for the implementation of IPTV and to train staff in the technology. Alcatel says the communications infrastructure in Singapore is ready for IPTV on a commercial scale but awaits regulatory approval and for providers, M1, SingTel and StarHub to introduce the broadband products.

Monika Maurer, president of Fixed Solutions at Alcatel, Singapore said that most of the TV today is broadcast - one-way. It's not too exciting because it is pre-processed. Compared to that, IPTV is offering to you a whole new experience in terms of personalisation.

Hong Kong's PCCW and Taiwan's Chung Hwa Telecom have already introduced IPTV into their markets.

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