Your Simple Guide To Fibre Broadband Services

It is great that most of our internet services and pricing of those services are largely regulated and offered at fixed prices under Singapore’s Next Generation Nationwide Broadband Network (NGNBN). If you’re new at shopping for internet and broadband plans in Singapore, we’re here to help with some tips and a quick guide below.

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What Types Of Internet Connections Are Available?

Newer providers like MyRepublic and ViewQwest compete with industry long-timers like Singtel, StarHub and M1 to provide a wide range of internet services, but do you really know what type of internet connections are available and what each of them really provides? Here’s an overview of the various common types you can buy online or in-stores.

Fibre broadband

This is the most common and fastest type of internet connection in Singapore. It uses optical fibre technology to provide high-speed and stable internet access. Fibre broadband offers symmetrical speeds, meaning the upload and download speeds are similar, which is beneficial for activities like online gaming, video conferencing, and content uploading.

Mobile broadband

Mobile broadband uses cellular networks (3G, 4G, 5G) to provide internet access to devices like smartphones, tablets, and laptops. As the name itself suggests, mobile broadband is suitable for use while on the move or in areas without fixed-line internet access, and speeds can vary based on the cellular network technology and coverage in your location. Speeds might not be as high as fixed-line connections, and data caps or throttling might apply based on your mobile plan.

Wireless broadband

This category includes various wireless internet options such as 4G and 5G mobile networks, as well as Wi-Fi connections. Wireless broadband is more flexible in terms of mobility but might not offer the same level of speed and stability as fibre broadband.

Cable broadband

Cable broadband uses the same infrastructure as cable television and it operates over coaxial cables and offers high-speed internet access. In terms of speed, it can provide relatively high speeds, faster than DSL broadband but not as fast as fibre broadband, making it suitable for activities like streaming, online gaming, and general internet browsing. Cable connections are often shared among multiple users in a neighborhood, which can lead to reduced speeds during peak usage times.

DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) Broadband

DSL or ADSL, is known as the first version of broadband technology that was introduced many years back. DSL broadband uses telephone lines to transmit digital data, and it operates alongside regular telephone services, thus the speed isn’t very fast as compared to the later versions of broadband services. DSL connections are usually not shared among users, so the speeds are more consistent than cable during peak times.

Best Fibre Broadband Plans For Homes

Broadband providerTypes of plans offeredPrice range (per month)No contract optionsSpeed rating*
Singtel 1
  • 1 Gbps (24 months)
  • 1 Gbps Enhanced with Router (24 months)
  • 1 Gbps Plus (24 months)
  • 1 Gbps Pro Gamer (24 months)
  • 1 + 1 Gbps Gamer Bundle (24 months)
  • 2 Gbps Mesh (24 months)
  • 2 Gbps Mesh Plus (24 months)
  • 10 Gbps (24 months)
$39.37 to $137.72 per monthNo246.61
  • 1 Gbps with SecureNet (24 months)
  • 2 Gbps with SecureNet (24 months)
  • 1 Gbps or 2 Gbps Linksys MX5502 Bundle (Premium Mesh Bundle)
  • 1 Gbps or 2 Gbps ZenWiFi AX Mesh XT8 Plan
  • Raptor Gamer Fibre Broadband
  • ASUS AX89X Gaming Router
$39.99 to $82.99 per monthNo255.36
  • 500 Mbps (24 months)
  • 1 Gbps with Router (12/24 months)
  • 1 Gbps with 4G SIM and Netflix (24 months)
  • 2 Gbps with Xiaomi Android TV (24 months)
  • 2 Gbps with 5G SIM and Xiaomi Android TV (24 months)
$29.90 to $99.90 per monthNo204.07
  • 500 Mbps with 4G mobile broadband (12/24 months)
  • 1 Gbps with Router (12/24 months)
  • 1 Gbps GamePro (24 months)
  • 2 Gbps Mesh/Router (24 months)
$30.18 to $63.90 per monthNo198.78
  • 200 Mbps (24 months)
  • 1 Gbps (12/24 months or No contract)
  • 1 1 Gbps with Mesh/Router (24 months)
  • 2 Gbps (12/24 months)
  • 2 Gbps Mesh/Router (24 months)
  • Gamer 2 Gbps (12/24 months)
  • Gamer 2 Gbps Mesh/Router (24 months)
$27.99 to $58.99 per monthYes241.88

*According to Ookla Speed Test Awards 2022 results. Each Speed Score for each provider is calculated using download speed value and upload speed value, and determined using a modified trimean methodology. The higher the Speed Score, the better it is.

Installation And Other Fees For Broadband Plans

Here’s an estimate of all the commonly featured fees and charges related to broadband plans which you may use as a reference, but it is still best to check with the specific provider or providers on the plans that you’re keen on.

Here is a breakdown of the TPFI charges for different types of premises in Singapore:

  • High-rise residential: $162
  • Landed residential: $291.60
  • Commercial: $324.20

There are some broadband providers that offer free TPFI for certain plans or if you sign a contract for a certain length of time. So it is always best to check with the specific provider before signing up for a plan.

The exact amount will depend on the type of work required. Here is a breakdown of the charges for different types of work:

  • Relocation: $162 for HDB and private high-rise apartments, $291.60 for landed properties
  • Repair: $162 for HDB and private high-rise apartments, $291.60 for landed properties
  • Replacement: $162 for HDB and private high-rise apartments, $291.60 for landed properties
  • Removal: $162 for HDB and private high-rise apartments, $291.60 for landed properties

This is an estimated range as the exact amount will really depend on the length of the cable run and the location of your premises. For instance, if the cable run is 20 meters long, the cost will be roughly between $8.64 and $77.60.

Factors which may affect the cost of additional fibre cable run charges include:

  • The length of the cable run: The longer the cable run, the higher the cost.
  • The location of the premises: The cost of running a cable through walls or ceilings is higher than running it along the floor.
  • The type of premises: The cost of running a cable in a landed property is higher than running it in an HDB or condo.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I find the cheapest broadband plan for home use?

Currently, MyRepublic’s 200Mbps (24 months) broadband plan is the cheapest among the 5 popular providers we’re comparing with.

What is an Internet Speed Score?

According to Ookla, a Speed Score is a measure of each provider’s download and upload speed to rank network speed performance (80% of the final Speed Score is attributed to download speed and the remaining 20% to upload speed). The higher the Speed Score, the better it is.

How much does a home broadband plan cost?

Considering MoneySmart’s round-up of the best broadband plans from the best 5 providers, ranging from 200Mbps to 10Gbps, the prices will vary according to the product offerings. It can cost from as low as $27.99 per month to over $100 per month.

Are there other costs besides the monthly broadband plan subscription fee?

Yes. Usually there are other fees that will come with the broadband plan that you signed up for, and they include the termination point installation fee, relocation, repair, replacement and removal fees and Additional fibre cable run fees.

Should I get a broadband plan with a router?

If you have an old and lousy router, and have been experiencing “network jams” that slows down your internet speed, It is time to get a broadband plan with a new router, because no matter how high your internet speed is, you will get nowhere without a router to direct your network for your devices. Thus, it’ll be wise to pick broadband plans that come with good routers.

Is a 2Gbps broadband plan better than a 1Gbps plan?

Yes and no. This will depend on your needs. As every person requires a different amount of bandwidth and level of internet speed, the plan that will work for each person will differ as well. If you’re a heavy user, then a 2Gbps may work better for you. It’s better to figure out what and who is consuming how much bandwidth in your household so as to help determine the type of broadband plan that is best suited for you and/or your family.