SingTel is the latest operator to postpone its 3G roll-out -it has said it will no longer actively search for a vendor to supply infrastructure. SingTel claims the cost of 3G roll-out is over-inflated because the technology is still in initial stages; by waiting for the market to reach a little more maturity, it will be able to offer a cheaper, better service for customers.
SingTel believes that customers will not be interested in 3G at the moment, because although the technology may be state of the art, there have not been enough 3G services developed to attract them. At present there are very few 3G handsets available. For these reasons (and others), there has been limited interest in the technology.
The company expects to have the network rolled out by 2003, when it will be offered to users exclusively. In 2004, it will open up for general customers to comply with the state deadline.