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OpenNet under government scanner: report

Zafar Anjum | March 6, 2012
Apparently all is not well with the rollout of Singapore’s Next Generation Nationwide Broadband Network, according to a report.

Apparently all is not well with the rollout of the Next Generation Nationwide Broadband Network (NBN), according to a report in The Business Times.

Singapore's Next Gen NBN is the wired network of the Next Generation National Infocomm Infrastructure (Next Gen NII), a project which seeks to transform Singapore into an intelligent nation and global city, powered by infocomm.

In a report published last week (28 February), the financial daily said that the Singapore government is reviewing the interconnect offer (ICO) of the government-appointed fibre network operator, OpenNet.

OpenNet is a consortium charged with laying the foundation for Singapore's ultra high-speed broadband network. The consortium is formed from a partnership between SingTel, Singapore Press Holdings, SP Telecommunications and Axia Netmedia.

This step of reviewing the ICO has been taken because of the rising operational issues in NBN's rollout, the report said. The ICO was up for a review in April 2013 but IDA started reviewing it from November last year.

According to the report, home owners and industry players in Singapore have complained about the state of the fibre connectivity. Singapore's Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) said operational issues such as delays in getting buildings wired up and gaps in service offerings (including inflexible service offerings) have come to its attention.

As a consequence, IDA is reviewing the ICO of OpenNet. According to the report, OpenNet is in the spotlight because "it is the sole party laying out the infrastructure".

According to IDA, the NBN has been deployed 86 per cent nationwide as of January 2012. IDA has said the Next Gen NBN is on track to achieve its target of 95 per cent coverage by mid-2012. The number of Next Gen NBN subscribers crossed the 100,000th mark in January 2012.


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