12 Dec 2007
Singaporean telecoms operators SingTel, StarHub and MobileOne Asia (M1) have signalled their intentions to build Singapore’s Next Generation National Broadband Network (NGNBN). The request for proposal (RFP) for the ultra-high speed network, which is due to be operational by 2015, opened yesterday after months of consultation with twelve pre-approved consortia and companies. The government has said that the winning bidder will have to be a separate entity from the current telecom and internet operators. The full list of bidders is: Nippon Telegraph and Telephone West Corporation (NTT-West), Siemens Networks GmbH & Co. KG (Siemens), Singapore Telecommunications Ltd (SingTel), Starhub Limited (StarHub), Alcatel Singapore Pte Ltd (Alcatel), Axia NetMedia Corporation (Axia), BT Singapore Pte (BT), Digital Distribution Australia Pty Ltd (DDA), FibreXpress Consortium Lead, Hong Kong Broadband Network Limited (HKBN), SingTel (with Babcock, Cisco and Macquarie Bank) and T-Systems Singapore Pte Ltd (T-Systems). The winner of the bid is expected to be announced by the third quarter of 2008.