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What’s cooking between StarHub and OpenNet

Zafar Anjum | March 29, 2012
The Singapore telco ‘proposes to act as subcontractor to plug users into fibre network and ease massive delays’, according to a report.

In late February, reports had emerged that OpenNet is under the government scanner and that the Singapore government is reviewing its interconnect offer (ICO).

OpenNet is a consortium of Axia NetMedia, SingTel, SP Telecommunications and Singapore Press Holdings. It is tasked with laying the foundation for Singapore's ultra high-speed broadband network, Singapore's Next Gen NBN.

Today, The Straits Times reports that another Singapore telco, StarHub, has offered help to OpenNet as a subcontractor. It wants to help OpenNet speed up connections to Singapore's fibre broadband network.

"It made its move after it learnt from a recent report in The Straits Times that network builder OpenNet's current contract with SingTel is not exclusive," the newspaper said.

"It has relied on SingTel, its key subcontractor, to roll out and activate connections to the fibre network," it added.

According to earlier reports, the government is reviewing the ICO of OpenNet because of the rising operational issues in NBN's rollout. It came to light that home owners and industry players in Singapore have complained about the state of the fibre connectivity. Singapore's Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) has 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 per figures released by IDA, the NBN has been deployed 86 percent 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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