Programme Now Boasts Coverage of Over 260 Wireless Locations throughout Singapore


Singapore, 23 June 2003 - StarHub, Singapore's foremost info-communications provider, is pleased to announce that two additional wireless broadband operators have joined its local wireless broadband marketing partnership programme. Launched in February 2003, this initiative is aimed at ensuring seamless customer experience for wireless users in Singapore, regardless of which wireless location users access.


Nautilus Networks and PC Connect will work with wireless players StarHub, 5G and Bluengine, to ensure that their hotspots work smoothly and consistently with each other. PC Connect, an established IT solutions provider, manages around 60 wireless locations in Singapore located at Novena Square, United Square, Funan Centre, Plaza Singapura, Scotts Shopping Centre, Shaw Towers, and Jurong Point. Nautilus Networks is an innovative solutions provider, with 22 wireless locations within Crown Prince Hotel and IMM Mega Mall.


"This local wireless broadband partnership programme continues to prove its value to entrepreneurs entering the booming wireless broadband service industry. With quality hotspot coverage in Singapore, these members will soon be able to provide for their customers seamless roaming at easily-identifiable locations throughout the island, using a simple authentication procedure," said Mr Kyong Yu, Senior Vice President, StarHub Interactive. "StarHub is delighted to work with visionary companies such as Nautilus Networks and PC Connect to expand wireless broadband coverage in Singapore. We are in active discussions with more potential partners and are glad that the concept of collaboration and partnership to tap on each other's strength and competencies have been well received throughout Singapore."


"The partnership allows for exchanges in core strengths and competencies that further extend our coverage and also provide a much needed resource to continuously upgrade the WiFi user experience, which we consider key in attracting more and more users," said Mr Jason Wan, CEO of Nautilus Networks.


Mr Ken Chua, Managing Director of PC Connect agrees, "PC Connect is proud to be a part of this local wireless alliance. By working towards greater interconnectivity and seamless integration, we are confident in bringing extensive and cost-effective wireless LAN surfing to the public."


The five wireless operators in the local WiFi partnership programme now have over 260 wireless locations collectively in Singapore, with the target of around 350 locations by year-end. Wireless roaming access between local wireless operators will also be undergoing public trial by end July 2003.


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