SCV to Offer Cable Phone Service in Singapore

SINGAPORE (03/30/2000) - Singaporean cable television operator Singapore Cable Vision Ltd. (SCV) will offer voice services over its cable network late this year after being granted an FBO (facilities-based operators) telecommunications license here yesterday.

The service will be one of the first deployments in the world of VoIP (voice over Internet protocol) carried by cable, SCV said in a statement issued yesterday.

SCV offers a flat-rate broadband Internet access service as well as its 40 cable TV channels via its hybrid fiber-coaxial network. The company's cable network reaches over 95 percent of the city-state's residences and has 215,000 cable TV subscribers and 9,000 Internet subscribers. The delivery of voice, data and video through one cable will also make the convergence of IT, broadcast and communications a reality, SCV said.

Upgrading the network to include VoIP capability will cost around S$50 million [M] (US$29.1 million [M]) on top of the S$500 million the company spent to wire up the whole island, SCV said. Last week, SCV completed a S$440 million loan facility to be used to enhance its hybrid fiber-coaxial network and to fund the commercial roll-out of the broadband access service.

SCV is jointly owned by the Media Corp. of Singapore (41.3 percent), ST Telecommunications Pte. Ltd. (32 percent) and Singapore Press Holdings Group (26.7 percent).

SCV, in Singapore, can be reached at +65-772-9366, or via the Web at http://www.scv.com.sg/.

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