Singapore Power Group’s (SP) Network Communications Arm, SPTel, Delivers Network Solutions And Strengthens Data Centre Corridor In Singapore

With extensive fibre networks running alongside power lines nationwide, SPTel is uniquely positioned to deliver added choice and partnership opportunities Singapore, GCCM – 30 May 2016 – SPTel, the network communications arm of the Singapore Power Group (SP), today announced OpticNet and SmartConnect – a suite of innovative, flexible solutions aimed at meeting evolving connectivity and infrastructure needs. SPTel, whose extensive fibre networks run alongside the SP’s nationwide power lines, will offer connectivity and enabling-technologies to telecommunications carriers, retail service providers, data centres and enterprises. It will also work with partners to build ecosystems around Next Generation technologies and solutions. “SPTel offers its customer and partners a unique proposition. Not only do we own and manage an extremely pervasive fibre network, one that that runs alongside Singapore’s powerlines; we also combine the agility and flexibility of a start-up with the strong innovation capabilities backed by our parent company Singapore Power,” said SPTel Chief Executive Officer Poh Mui Hoon. “With growing demands for more extensive connectivity, more bandwidth, and greater business agility, SPTel is well-placed to deliver the competitive edge businesses need by being more flexible with the solutions we provide.” SPTel’s customers include carriers such as China Telecom and HKT as well as enterprises such MediaCorp. Through its extensive OpticNet dark fibre network, SPTel also allows data centres to strengthen their offerings to their end-customers – enabling organisations from emerging InfoComm companies to e-commerce brands and entrepreneurs to be futureready. Its SmartConnect service combines the power of Ethernet with Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) to optimise connectivity at more cost-efficient, secure and speedy connections – whether between people and businesses or between data centres and key interconnection hubs. International Data Corporation (IDC) projects that by 2020, the digital universe will grow 10 times – from 4.4 trillion gigabytes to 44 trillion gigabytes – more than doubling every two years. Faster connectivity, stronger infrastructure, agile networks and the ability to connect intelligently, quickly and seamlessly with one another and with various devices will be key. “InfoComm media are increasingly enabling social and economic transformation,” Ms Poh added. “Network innovation is gaining momentum, business applications are more dataintensive and require more bandwidth. And, with even more international companies using Singapore as a hub, data centres play an even larger role. With this comes added demand for connectivity, speed, diversity and reliability.” To that end, SPTel is on track to creating a data centre fibre fabric among the nation’s key data centres. To date, it has already linked significant data centres such as Keppel DigiHub, Equinix, Global Switch and Kingsland data. SPTel will further strengthen its ecosystem around Next Generation technologies and solutions by providing customers with bundled services in partnership with providers in other industries. In addition, SPTel will be providing fibre links to the Woodlands Causeway and the Tuas Second Link, adding to diversity with off-shore connections to Woodlands, Tuas and beyond. “Cost competitiveness, agility and choice are key in building thriving InfoComm media industries,” said Asher Ling, Chief Operating Officer at Kingsland Data Center. “As our partner, SPTel fulfils all three attributes. And, in connecting Singapore’s key data centres and adding value by enabling them to be future-ready, SPTel has made Singapore even more attractive as a Digital Harbour, laying the groundwork for even more international organisations to use Singapore as a hub.” Last year, Singapore’s Ministry of Communications and Information launched its InfoComm Media 2025 plan which envisions a future in which InfoComm media enables social and economic transformation. With added demand for bandwidth, speed, diversity and reliability, SPTel is taking the lead to strengthen Singapore as a competitive regional InfoComm hub through its infrastructure capabilities and ongoing network innovation.

About SP Group

Singapore Power Group (SP) is a leading energy utility group in the Asia Pacific. It owns and operates electricity and gas transmission and distribution businesses in Singapore and Australia. More than 1.4 million industrial, commercial and residential customers in Singapore benefit from SP’s world-class transmission, distribution and market support services. The networks in Singapore are amongst the most reliable and cost-effective worldwide.

About SPTel

Network infrastructure provider SPTel owns, builds and powers communications and infrastructure services in Singapore. Part of the Singapore Power Group, SPTel runs one of the most extensive fibre networks in Singapore and deliver unprecedented reach, availability and service to our customers and partners. We aim to improve the way people, places and things connect with each other by providing the network infrastructure, by building ecosystems, and by enabling technologies. As a first step, we are focused on telecommunications carriers, data centres, retail service providers and enterprises. We work with partners and customers enabling them to deploy Next Gen infrastructure. Combining the agility and flexibility of a start-up with the strength, reliability and integrity of the Singapore Power Group of companies, SPTel brings customer-focus and innovative solutions to market. For more information, visit www.sptel.com

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