A fire yesterday at Singtel's Bukit Panjang Exchange brought down the telecom infrastructure in several parts of the island including Chua Chu Kang, Woodlands, Bukit Timah etc. Not only that Singtel's network was affected, their rivals such as M1 and Starhub were also affected as the backhual traffic are carried by Singtel. Some services such as broadband, fixed line, mobile lines were affected. Worse, this is probably the first time in recent history that businesses were brought to its knee with reported down time in ATMs, Singapore Pools, banks, shops, NETS were affected in nortern parts of the islands.
With MRT breakdown hitting the headlines in last few years, followed by floods, then escalating housing, property and car prices, it is only a matter of time before the huge influx of immigrants will hit the telecoms and public utility infrastructure.
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