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Majority of Singaporeans rate their wireless connection at home as sub-optimal: survey

Zafar Anjum | Feb. 16, 2012
Wireless connections in Singapore homes can be improved, reveals Cisco Home Networking survey.

The majority of Singaporeans rate their wireless connection at home as sub-optimal, according to a Cisco home networking survey.

In an announcement, Cisco noted that this response from Singaporeans comes despite the fact that the majority of users have a connection speed of more than 10 Mbps, placing Singapore as the sixth top nation worldwide in terms of average connection speed.

Cisco said that the research was conducted by 10 influential bloggers in Singapore from November 2011 to January 2012, and covered more than 350 participants.

The survey revealed that there are at least four users connected to their home network in 40 percent of the households surveyed and 52 percent of the respondents connect at least five devices to their home network. The survey also revealed that 65 percent use the default router supplied by their service provider while only 35 percent purchased their own router.

According to the announcement, the survey also showed that 80 percent of respondents consider the reliability and quality of their wireless connection as most important when selecting a wireless router for the home network while only 11 percent view value-for-money as the most important factor.

According to the networking company, more people are connecting multiple devices such as smart TVs, tablets, smartphones, computers, game consoles and printers to their home network and engaging in bandwidth-intensive activities such as streaming videos and playing online games. However, they are not upgrading their router to meet their digital lifestyle needs.

"The Cisco Home Networking survey confirms a trend that we have been observing - the increasing number of people and devices connected to the home network in today's household," said Tang Boon Ping, regional sales director, Asia, Cisco Home Networking Business Unit. "Consumers may not be aware that the increasing number of devices connected to their home network may be affecting the quality of their wireless connections and that by simply upgrading their wireless router, they are set for a better home networking experience."



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