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New infocomm rules and IT metering boost Singapore’s business environment

Caroline Ng | April 18, 2013
Singapore’s IT infrastructure is set to get a boost from revised IDA’s regulations and a new utility-metered IT collaboration between CloudFX and 6fusion.

In two separate announcements yesterday, residents and businesses in Singapore are set to benefit from an enhanced IT infrastructure, including faster fibre broadband speeds and the industry's first utility-metered IT.

Both initiatives will further Singapore's vision as a futuristic infocomm hub, facilitating a conducive business environment. 

IDA's directives
New homes in Singapore can expect to be fibre-optic ready, carrying data speeds exceeding 1 Gbps, said the country's infocomm regulator, Infocomm Development Authority (IDA).

From 1 May, all new developments must come with fibre optic points and associated cabling for all rooms.

Beyond home users, businesses can also expect to receive faster network coverage through the mandate for buildings to provide telcos with rent-free spaces to deploy base stations.

These directives were part of IDA's revision of the Code of Practice for Info-communication Facilities in Buildings (COPIF), following the success of Next Gen NBN deployed to 95 percent of households last June where new homeowners will have access to fibre broadband services.

Leong Keng Thai, deputy chief executive of IDA, said the amendments are needed to "ensure that homes are built for future infocomm needs brought about by the developments such as the nationwide deployment of the Next Gen NBN, the increasing mobile penetration rate, and the increasing pervasiveness of smartphones, and other mobile broadband-enabled devices." 

IT metering by CloudFX and 6fusion
Singapore-based cloud computing advisory firm, CloudFX, has partnered with IT metering company, 6fusion, to bring cutting-edge IT metering solutions to the Asia Pacific market.

6fusion's patent-pending metering algorithm is the industry's first commercial standard metric to quantify the cost of IT service delivery.

This partnership will see CloudFX as the exclusive distributor of 6fusion technology, enabling them to sell 6fusion's IT resource metering, evaluation and execution capabilities.

Damian Cotty, chief executive of CloudFX, said customers will now have the opportunity to evaluate and enhance their current IT infrastructure. "6fusion has created a truly unique model for establishing how customers can measure and compare the cost of IT service delivery in a physical, private or public cloud setting," he said.

CloudFX and 6fusion will be conducting roadshows in Sydney, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta in May to promote how utility-metered IT can boost businesses across the Asia Pacific region.


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