So two days ago when I was about to dig into my dinner at home after a long day of work, I was rudely interrupted.
The doorbell rang.
For those who are kaypoh, I had tofu scramble.
So I opened the door and there was a guy holding a tablet and I must say, he was way too perky for my liking.
Come on, it is like 7:00 p.m., where do you get your energy from?
Looking at his shirt, I figured he was a Starhub representative.
“Hello, are you a Starhub user?” he asked.
“Ummmm, yeah,” I said in my monotonous voice.
To which he replied, “Are your parents at home?”
I called my mum and she was giving me hand signals from the side.
I knew what was going on already.
She wanted me to lie.
But no, if I am missing out on my dinner, so should she.
“She is here but she wants to lie to you”, I said to the guy.
“No…No…It won’t take long,” he replied. (The whole conversation was like 20 minutes btw)
My mum then came to the door and started talking to him.
I was there, trying to be the middleman because my mum gets overwhelmed when it comes to all these techy stuff.
But when it comes to taking a selfie? Well, let’s just say she has got it down.
Anyways, he was asking us if we use Fibre Optic Broadband.
I know where this was heading, ‘coz just a few months back I was asking my mum how come we can’t use the Smart TV functions like browsing the internet and watching Netflix.
Turns out we need Fibre Optic Broadband unless you got a direct cable to attach to your cable broadband.
But in order to get the Fibre Optic Broadband, we have to do a little drilling since we don’t have the Fibre Termination Point.
At this point, I am already having a headache and I feel light-headed.
My mum was a little sceptical since she just got the whole house painted, so she asked me.
“Aiya, no need lah,” I exclaimed.
I mean I just wanted to end this conversation so I can continue my dinner.
But before the conversation ended, he mentioned that Starhub soon will stop offering broadband services.
I can’t recall the exact year that he mentioned.
So I went to Google for help—just like how you would look for your diagnosis online when you’re sick.
Cable broadband may no longer exist in Singapore
I came across an article by The Straits Times that was published last year; it mentioned about how cable modem services may be discontinued by end of 2017 (which is basically now).
Then I came across a letter that was published in The Straits Times’ forum, just 2 days after the said article.
It was a letter by Chief Marketing Officer, Howie Lau.
In the letter, he clarifies that Starhub will continue to offer cable TV and broadband services till 2020 and an extension after that would be subject to commercial discussion with the third-party network provider for our network lease.
He also mentioned that he Starhub will facilitate a smooth transition for their existing cable customers and will be carried out progressively.
Fast forward to now
I guess it is considered old news but hey, I didn’t know that.
For those who are in the loop, take it as a reminder since the transition is happening right now.
As of now, my family will wait it out and see what happens. But for those who want to change but have yet to do so, this is the time to do it!
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