Connecting to the internet in Singapore
Singapore decided early on to promote internet access with the formation of the Broadband Media Association in 2001. As often with the city-state, its plan was a success and Singapore now is one of the few countries with a broadband penetration rate among households above 100%.
When you first arrive in Singapore, you will most likely rely on the internet in your hotel / serviced apartment, and then on the public wifi network and your mobile plan. Once you settled a bit more, you will be able to choose among a handful of Internet Service Providers (ISP).
Most of the market is dominated by three companies : Singtel, Starhub and M1. All three offer many different type of internet connection, along with other mobile services. You can also opt for a smaller and internet dedicated ISP, especially if your home is already connected to the OpenNet fibre network.
Most ISPs offer packages with 12 to 24 month contracts. As always with such contract, if you cancel early, you will have to pay for the remaining months. Most ISPs also ask a deposit from foreigners. This deposit can sometimes be as high as the value of your plan over a year.
- Singtel Broadband (ADSL)
- StarHub Broadband (ADSL)
- M1 Broadband (ADSL)
- ViewQwest Broadband
- Singtel Fibre
- StarHub Fibre
- M1 Fiber