In an exclusive first for the screening of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 in Singapore, local telco Singtel will be applying network slicing technology for subscribers of its video apps, CAST and Singtel TV GO. Singtel 5G subscribers will enjoy dedicated capacity for video streams via Singtel’s 5G SA network which has since achieved nationwide coverage. With network slicing on the Singtel 5G standalone network, Singtel says football fans can experience the most stable and superior viewing experience even in high-traffic areas.
Singtel will offer comprehensive live coverage of all 64 matches in full high definition through Singtel TV and CAST, its video streaming app, for customers to indulge in non-stop football action from 21 November to 18 December 2022.
Ms Anna Yip, Chief Executive Officer, Consumer Singapore, Singtel, said, “Since we first brought the 2010 FIFA World Cup to Singapore, Singtel has sought to enhance the viewing experience of our customers, offering more ways to catch the football action, across our Singtel TV, Singtel TV GO and CAST apps. We are pleased to work with our broadcast partners to bring the action to our football fans over the 28 days. Our customers can expect a seamless and high-quality viewing experience powered by our ultra-fast broadband and 5G network, this time further boosted by network slicing technology, to deliver enhanced connectivity, speed, and capacity. With this year’s World Cup held in Qatar, we believe the favourable time difference will bring even more football fans together to share in the excitement.”
Taking place for the first time in the Middle East, all World Cup 2022 matches will be telecast live on Singtel TV and Singtel TV GO channels 141 and 142, as well as on CAST. Customers can also catch matches via the video-on-demand features on their favourite Singtel platforms. A total of 32 nations will be competing for glory across five cities in Qatar, including the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor. Competitors include host nation Qatar, Australia, Iran, Japan, Saudi Arabia, South Korea – and returning favourites such as Argentina, Brazil, Germany, as well as defending champion France from the 2018 tournament. The opening match of the tournament will be between Qatar and Ecuador on 21 November 2022 at 12am (SGT).
As well as Singtel TV, Singtel TV GO (Channels 141 and 142) and CAST, matches will be made available on StarHub’s TV+ and IPTV platforms (Channels 251 and 252), and national broadcaster Mediacorp’s digital entertainment streaming service meWATCH. Singaporeans will also be able to catch nine key matches on free-to-air television via Mediacorp Channel 5.