10 Sep 2009
Alcatel-Lucent has been selected by Singapore’s OpenNet consortium to act as systems integrator for its operations and business support systems (OSS and BSS). In a press release, the Paris-based vendor said it will be responsible for managing its nationwide all-fibre platform as part of Singapore’s Next Generation National Broadband Network (NGNBN) deployment programme. Alca-Lu will provide a turnkey solution to OpenNet, including software, hardware and professional services in support of OpenNet’s target NetCo operations and business models. It is understood the project will be completed in phases and full completion is targeted for July 2010.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, in September 2008 OpenNet bagged the contract to build the city-state’s proposed ultra high speed broadband network, from Singapore’s telecoms regulator the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA). OpenNet was established in 2008 and comprises SingTel, Singapore Press Holdings, SP Telecommunications and Axia Netmedia. The consortium is itself investing SGD100 million (USD68.7 million) in the project, in addition to the SGD750 million funding being poured into the scheme by the IDA. OpenNet says it plans to commence fibre-optic rollout in Macpherson, Jurong, Middle Road and Geylang in Q3 2009, connecting 56,000 households and 1,000 office buildings in the first month. Although the initial installation offering is free, subsequent requests for installation from those who refuse the initial offer will have to pay SGD220/connection (residential high-rise) and SGD450 per connection (residential landed properties). All homes and offices, excepting some in rural areas or those scheduled for demolition, are expected to be cabled by 2012. The city-state’s ultra-high speed broadband network could begin offering commercial services as early as next year, providing broadband internet access of up to 1Gbps.