MyRepublic (yes, that is the name of the company) has made quite some storm as an internet service provider in one of the world’s wealthiest cities, Singapore. They are basically providing some of the fastest and cheapest internet service there.
The Singapore government has called for more competition in the market, so MyRepublic seems to be aiming to answer the call (to be the 4th provider in Singapore). Their aiming to provide affordable and quality access to cloud services from anywhere on the island-nation.
However, there are technological conditions that must be met for it to be successful to achieve that 4th provider status.
In order to make it happen, MyRepublic will require the dedicated use of two frequency spectrum ranges in the country – 20 Mhz in the sub-1GHz as well as 100MHz of 2.3GHz or 2.6Ghz. This will ensure the quality of service that they are able to provide without affecting the user experience.
Also they must ensure that they do not get pushed out of the competition due to lack of infrastructure access – they will need the support from the government to have site-sharing access to ensure that they are able to deploy base stations and backhaul equipment with an ease.
If these conditions are met, they will be able to roll out the services in six to nine months with a budget of at least $250 million ($201 million USD), and they vouched that in three years, they will be on par with the current telcos in the market.
If all is good, they may even be able to provide an unprecedented service of a mobile data plans with unlimited usage.
That is, if the government requirements are met.
Singapore’s other telcos: Singtel, Starhub and M1 respectively will have to be afraid. Like really, really afraid should MyRepublic get the approval from the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA).
Singapore has the world’s 4th fastest Internet connections, with Hong Kong taking the 1st spot and United States at 13th (see, America is not always #1 in everything).