Singaporean telecoms operators StarHub and MobileOne Asia (M1) have reportedly joined forces to bid for the tender to build the country’s ultra-high speed Next Generation National Broadband Network (NGNBN) project. According to an article in The Straits Times, StarHub preferred to bid solely for the rights to build the network but decided its chances were better in a consortium. In what is seen as the latest in a series of surprises in the tender process, StarHub and M1 will work together the build the network. The two firms will also be joined by Hong Kong’s City Telecom (CTI), the paper said. The city state’s NGNBN is expected to be ready island-wide by 2015 and planners hope it will shake up a telecoms sector currently dominated by SingTel and StarHub.