The Singapore government has selected the proposal from the OpenNet Consortium to design, build and operate the passive infrastructure for the Next Generation National Broadband Network (Next Gen NBN).
The announcement was made by Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts (MICA), Dr Lee Boon Yang on 26 September. "Users can look forward to innovative services from as early as 2010," he said.
Ultra highs-peed broadband by 2012
According to this scheme, by 2012, homes and offices nationwide will be connected to Singapore's ultra high-speed and pervasive Next Gen NBN. The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) said that in two years' time, 60 per cent of homes and offices can already expect to have access to this new, pervasive, all-fiber network.
OpenNet is led by Axia NetMedia Corporation with Singapore Telecommunications Ltd, Singapore Press Holdings Ltd and SP Telecommunications Pte Ltd as the other members of the consortium. The NetCo Request-for-Proposal (RFP) was launched on 11 December 2007 and closed on 5 May 2008 with proposals from two consortia, namely Infinity and OpenNet.
According to the IDA, as the selected NetCo, OpenNet will design, build and operate the passive infrastructure of the Next Gen NBN that will be capable of delivering speeds of up to 1 Gbps and beyond. The Government will provide a grant of up to S$750 million to the NetCo to support the network rollout, said the agency.
The scheme will bring good news for the public and the companies. OpenNet will offer attractive wholesale prices of SG$15 per month per residential fiber connection and S$50 per month per nonresidential fiber connection, to the Operating Companies or OpCos.
Such wholesale prices are expected to bring about competitive retail prices in the ultra-high speed broadband market, the agency said.
With the selection of the NetCo, said the agency, OpenNet is expected to work closely with IDA to provide the necessary network information for Next Gen NBN Operating Company (OpCo) RFP bidders to finalize their bid submissions, which are expected to be due on 14 November 2008.