Singapore ONE users will soon be able to enjoy an even wider choice of contents and applications on the nation-wide, broadband network. The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding with GigaMedia, a leading broadband Internet access service and content...Singapore, 24 May 2000 | For Immediate Release
Singapore ONE users will soon be able to enjoy an even wider choice of contents and applications on the nation-wide, broadband network. The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding with GigaMedia, a leading broadband Internet access service and content provider in Taiwan, to cross-distribute online broadband content.
Under this strategic broadband alliance, GigaMedia will distribute broadband content on Singapore ONE. This will add to the range and diversity of content and applications for Singapore ONE users. As part of the agreement, IDA will also put Singapore ONE content on GigaMedia's network to be accessed by Taiwan users.
Moving forward, both parties will also explore other areas of collaboration in future, such as jointly develop technology for the exchange of broadband content.
Mr Khoong Hock Yun, Assistant Chief Executive, Infocomm Development at IDA says, "These are exciting times for players in the broadband business as such partnerships will provide opportunities for regional growth in the Interactive Broadband Multimedia (IBBMM) industry, as well as enhance the relationships between our industries in the region."
IDA hopes to be able to tie-up GigaMedia and local broadband service and content providers. "This new partnership will also allow local and international players to share and exchange expertise and experience", Mr Khoong added.
The collaboration is part of the initiatives to develop the infocomm industry under Infocomm 21 - to jumpstart development and growth of the IBBMM industry, as well as to help local companies expand into regional and global markets through fostering strategic partnerships and alliances overseas.
INFOCOMM DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY OF SINGAPORE
GigaMedia is a leading provider of broadband Internet access services and content through its cable-based television network infrastructure in Taiwan. With 29 cable system partners, the company has access to more than 3.8 million Taiwan households, 67% of total households, and 465,000 small- and medium-sized businesses.
About Singapore ONE
Singapore ONE was commercially launched in 1998. It comprises a broadband infrastructure that provides high-speed, interactive, and multimedia applications and services for users. Developed by both MNCs and innovative Singaporean companies, Singapore ONE' services are designed to appeal to users of all ages and occupations, as well as businesses.
Singapore ONE has the full support of the Singapore government, and is driven by the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore, the National Science & Technology Board, the Economic Development Board and the Singapore Broadcasting Authority. More information can be found at http://www.s-one.gov.sg.
About Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore
The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) is a dynamic organisation with an integrated perspective to developing, promoting and regulating info-communications in Singapore. In the fast-changing and converging spheres of telecommunications, information and media technologies, IDA will be the catalyst for change and growth in Singapore's evolution into a vibrant global info-communications technology centre. For more information, please visit www.imda.gov.sg.
For media clarification, please contact:
Ms Jennifer Toh
Assistant Manager, Corporate Communication
Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore
Tel: (65) 6211-0508
Fax: (65) 6211-2227
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