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Wanted: 900 volunteers for Singapore's broadband performance study

Zafar Anjum | April 25, 2012
In a study to be conducted by SamKnows, 900 volunteers from the public are required to create Singapore’s first objective broadband performance benchmark

In a study to be conducted by SamKnows, 900 volunteers from the public are required to create Singapore's first objective broadband performance benchmark.

SamKnows is an independent expert in this area, having organised similar studies for multiple national and international bodies in Europe and the US, including the European Commission and FCC.

The study, backed by the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), has been launched to confirm the speed and quality of broadband services that Internet Service Providers (ISP) in Singapore are delivering to consumers. The study will help identify areas for improvement to ISPs, a vital step in bringing top-notch Internet services to local users.

For the study, volunteers in Singapore will be connected to a small device, similar in size to a wi-fi router, to their broadband connection. The device will test the performance of the service, sending regular reports directly back to SamKnows' servers where the data is recorded and analysed. The device only tracks bandwidth speeds and does not collect or track personal Internet usage.

Volunteers can sign up to support the study by visiting: http://www.samknows.sg/.

In return for participation, volunteers will receive reliable reports about the service they are receiving, as well as the satisfaction of knowing they are helping to create a clearer picture of Internet services being delivered to consumers across Singapore, the company said in its statement.

"Through this programme we are making our technology available to Singaporean consumers for free," Alex Salter, CEO of SamKnows, said. "We encourage you to volunteer to help us measure Singapore's broadband performance and compare it with the rest of the world's."

 

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