Broadband plans going for a song at IT Show

SINGAPORE - Internet service providers were offering a range of cheap broadband deals when this year's IT Show opened its doors at Marina Bay Sands on Thursday.

Less than two months after MyRepublic offered a 1Gbps plan for just $49.99 a month on a two-year contract, rival companies battled for a slice of the action - though they claimed it was not in response to the MyRepublic offer.

SingTel is offering a 500Mbps plan with a two-year contract for $59.95 per month, down from the usual price of $79.99.

StarHub had a promotion for a $61.16-per-month 500Mbps plan, down from $69.90.

ViewQwest's 500Mbps plan goes for $89.95 per month, down from $299.95 previously.

MyRepublic does not have a 500Mbps plan, though it is extending its 1Gbps offer to the show.

M1 did not offer a 500Mbps plan but had a 300Mbps plan for $42.88 per month with a two-year contract, down from $49. It is bundled with a $100 handset rebate.

SingTel clarified that cutting the price of its 500Mbps plan was not a reaction to MyRepublic's 1Gbps deal.

"We offered similar promotions in the past for 500Mbps before the introduction of 1Gbps services to the market," said a SingTel spokesman, adding that these promotions were for electronics fairs last year.

StarHub said its 500Mbps plan was launched early last month, before MyRepublic announced its 1Gbps plan on Jan 14. A StarHub spokesman said: "We may also, from time to time, offer targeted promotions as part of our customer engagement strategy."

As for ViewQwest, a spokesman explained that its 500Mbps price changes were implemented on Jan 6.

The IT Show is open from noon to 9pm and ends today. Admission is free. It is organised by Exhibits Inc, a wholly owned subsidiary of Singapore Press Holdings. Some 600,000 visitors are expected over the fair's four days.

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