RealSystem 8 to Run on Singapore Broadband

SINGAPORE (06/13/2000) - RealNetworks Inc. and the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) of Singapore announced an agreement Monday to deploy RealSystem 8 IP (Internet protocol)-based streaming products on the Singapore ONE nationwide broadband network.

RealSystem 8 servers, proxy servers and streaming media caches will be installed at several locations around the SingaporeONE network and trial users will receive broadband programming including interactive video, music, animation and other data types, RealNetworks said in a statement.

The system would also be opened up to Asia-Pacific content publishers, RealNetworks said in the statement.

The partnership is in line with IDA's aim to enter into strategic partnerships and alliances with international players for the development of more broadband content and services in Singapore and the Asia-Pacific region, according to Khoong Hock Yun, IDA's assistant chief executive officer.

The SingaporeONE broadband network now covers 99 percent of the city-state's residential and business properties, according to its principal operator 1-Net Singapore Pte. Ltd. The core broadband network infrastructure is based on ATM (asynchronous transfer mode) switching technology which runs at speeds of up to 622M bits per second.

End-user access is provided by Singapore Telecommunications Ltd. (SingTel) with its Magix broadband service and Singapore Cable Vision Pte. Ltd. which offers cable TV, fast Internet access and Internet telephony. SingTel will shortly begin leasing broadband access bandwidth to other ISPs (Internet service providers) in Singapore.

RealNetworks, based in Seattle, Washington, can be reached at +1-206-674-2700 or via the Internet at http://www.realnetworks.com/.

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