Singapore, 19 May 2005 – SingNet, the Internet arm of SingTel, today announced that it is launching a trial with Republic Polytechnic to enable students of the polytechnic to have an island-wide wireless campus. SingNet will provide its Outdoor Wireless Surf (OWS) service for 300 student participants who will make use of SingTel’s hotspots on campus, as well as across the island, to work on their school projects and assignments. This trial is part of an initiative supported by the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA).
Mr Khoong Hock Yun, Assistant Chief Executive, Infocomm Development, IDA, said: “We are pleased to have facilitated this trial between SingTel and Republic Polytechnic. The innovative use of wireless technology in education will give our students and educators the ability to access information anywhere and anytime. As learning will no longer be confined within the boundaries of campus, this is a good use of ICT to help move from a teacher-centric to a student-centric learning environment. The implications of this trial have exciting possibilities for education and the future campuses of tomorrow. IDA wishes both SingTel and Republic Polytechnic every success for the trial.”
Commenting on the trial, Republic Polytechnic’s Principal and CEO, Prof Low Teck Seng, said: “At Republic Polytechnic, we encourage our students to explore new ways of learning, including the use of the latest in IT, because the future is innovation-driven and they must stay ahead of competition.”
Mr Paul Kitchin, Vice President (Consumer Marketing), SingTel said: “Increasingly, institutions of learning are making use of innovative ways to use technology to make learning more exciting for today’s technology-savvy youths. We are indeed pleased to be providing the necessary infrastructure and expertise to make this possible. Besides providing wireless hotspot access, we are also able to offer students the benefits of other technologies such as high-speed Internet access offered on our 3G network to meet their many needs.”
SingNet also announced that it is extending the benefits of its OWS service to members of the public and non-SingNet subscribers through its new Unlimited OWS service to meet fast-growing demand for greater mobility.
The public can now sign up for the new subscription-based SingNet OWS plan to enjoy the same wireless surfing reliability that SingNet broadband customers enjoy. The service will cater for people who may be accessing the Internet through another ISP at home, but would like to surf the Internet at any of SingNet’s hotspot across the island. SingTel has more than 260 hotspots at various locations including Starbucks, Spinellis, Delifrance and Burger King outlets, as well as in libraries, community centres and country clubs.
SingNet is the first Internet Service Provider (ISP) to offer such a service. Today, most ISPs offer access to their hotspots as a value-added service to their fixed line Internet customers only, or through a pre-paid card mode.
Mr Kitchin said: “As our customers demand more mobility for work as well as for leisure, we are enhancing our plans to complement their changing lifestyles. Our Unlimited Outdoor Wireless Surf plan is ideal for PMEBs who need WiFi access to stay connected for work, while on the move. The plan also caters for tertiary students who use laptops in schools and at home, but want the flexibility to be outdoors to discuss their studies and access the Internet with classmates.”
Coinciding with the launch of the wireless campus trial is palmOne, Inc.’s launch of the LifeDriveTM mobile manager, a WiFi and Bluetooth® enabled device with 4GB of hard-drive storage (3.85GB user available) for carrying virtually all of your documents, music and photos. SingNet will offer to LifeDriveTM customers in Singapore, three months of free unlimited access with a 12-month subscription to its Unlimited Outdoor Wireless Surf plan, valued at $62.70.
SingNet’s new Unlimited OWS plan is priced at $19.90 per month, excluding GST for unlimited wireless surfing. SingNet broadband subscribers currently enjoy the OWS service at $9.90 per month (before GST). The plans are now available and more details about the service can be found at www.singnet.com.sg.
Launched in 1994, SingNet is the leading Internet Service Provider in Singapore and a wholly owned subsidiary of SingTel.
SingNet caters to a wide customer base and offers a full range of Internet services with different usage plans to suit home and business users. It was the first ISP in Singapore to launch a broadband service, providing customers with surfing speeds of up to 3,500 kbps using ADSL technology. SingNet is also the first broadband ISP to introduce supplementary email accounts, filtering services and video-on-demand to its users. With SingNet Wireless Surf, customers can now gain broadband wireless access on the move using their laptop and wireless LAN cards at more than 260 SingTel wireless surf zones island-wide.
SingNet is also a Domain Name Registrar accredited by the Singapore Network Information Centre (SGNIC).