Singapore's D1 to Go Regional Through Telstra JV

SINGAPORE (06/08/2000) - Singapore ISP (Internet service provider) DataOne Pte.

Ltd. (D1) will expand into the Asia-Pacific regional market through its joint venture with Australian carrier Telstra Corp., D1's parent company said at the CommunicAsia show here today.

D1 and Telstra were jointly awarded a full license to offer telecommunication services here as part of Singapore's market deregulation in May.

"D1 cannot survive in such a small market (as Singapore) and must expand overseas," said Albert Chan, deputy general manager for technology and business development at D1's parent company Keppel Communications Pte. Ltd. "We must have regional coverage, and Telstra has a regional network."

D1 is the smallest of Singapore's four mainstream ISPs, behind Singapore Telecommunications Ltd.'s SingNet, the international StarHub consortium, and Pacific Internet Ltd., which has also expanded its operations into several other Asian countries.

Telstra's regional IP (Internet Protocol) backbone includes a 45M-bit per second (bps) link between Australia and Singapore, a 49M-bps link between Australia and Japan, and other direct connections to China, Korea, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Telstra is also part of a group of telecommunication operators building the Asia Pacific Cable Network 2 (APCN 2), a 2.5T-bps optical-fiber submarine cable system in the Asia-Pacific region, scheduled to begin operation in September 2001. (1T bps is equivalent to 1,000G bps).

Keppel is testing Singapore's first broadband wireless LMDS (local multipoint distribution system) network, over which it hopes to offer fast Internet access, videoconferencing, voice over IP and IP television. It also holds a 35 percent share in Singapore's second-largest cellular phone operator MobileOne Asia Pte. Ltd.

In April, Telstra signed a memorandum of understanding with Pacific Century CyberWorks Limited (PCCW) in Hong Kong to form an Internet, data, IP, wireless and business services group in Asia.

Keppel can be reached at +65-785-7011 or online at http://www.keppelcomms.com.sg. Telstra can be contacted at +61-2-9206-0106 or online at http://www.telstra.com/.

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