Singapore Tops List of Asia-Pacific Smart Fiber Cities


  • Fiber to the Home Council Asia Pacific

LONDON — Singapore topped the list of Smart Fiber Cities, according to the FTTH Council Asia-Pacific. This ranking is the first of its kind in the Asia-Pacific region. For a city to be included, it must have a high level of FTTH/B coverage. If this aspect is covered, Smart Projects are evaluated according to a number of predetermined points.

Cities must not only feature advanced infrastructure, but must also fully integrate truly useful and innovative solutions that rely on that infrastructure, networks of connected devices and the data they provide. Cities are ranked in two categories: Champs and Challengers. Champs have almost complete fiber coverage all around the city and have reached maturity in the smart projects that have been deployed. These cities generally have a fairly complete smart city framework in place across different areas as well as operational smart projects. Challengers are cities that are actively deploying fiber infrastructure in order to realize their smart city strategy, but don't yet have a full panel of smart services based on fiber. Instead, the focus is on specific domains.

In the Champs category, Singapore scored highest, with 93 percent FTTH/B coverage, 10o percent 4G coverage and over 10,000 Wi-Fi hotspots. Tokyo (Japan) comes in second place, and Seoul (South Korea) is third, both with roughly 90 percent FTTH/B coverage. Hong KongBusan (South Korea) and Melbourne (Australia) are respectively fourth, fifth and sixth.

In the Challenger category, Shanghai (China) scored highest, with around 90 percent FTTH/B coverage. Second and third are Hangzhou and Wuhan (China). Runners up are Selangor (Malaysia), Jakarta (Indonesia), Bhubaneswar (India) and Ho Chi Minh (Vietnam).

The ranking promotes the specific concept of a Smart Fiber City as the FTTH Council believes that only a Smart City enabled by fiber can be a genuine Smart City.

"The research into Smart Fiber Cities shows that we are just at the beginning of these developments," states Venkatesan Babu, president, FTTH Council Asia-Pacific. "Across APAC, we see many mature projects in areas such as e-government and security, with 5G-based applications in, for example, transport and disaster management coming up. We have great expectation for the large numbers of pilots in areas such as healthcare, smart grids and autonomous traffic. We look forward to closely follow new developments in the coming years."

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