Equipment vendors Alcatel-Lucent and Huawei Technologies have been picked to provide the ‘active infrastructure’ component of Singapore’s planned Next Generation National Broadband Network (NGNBN) deployment programme. According to a report from ZDNet Asia the two firms yesterday signed an agreement with the NGNBN’s appointed operating company (OpCo), Nucleus Connect – a StarHub subsidiary. Nucleus Connect won the contract to operate the active infrastructure on the next generation network, providing wholesale broadband connectivity to downstream operators such as retail service providers, which will then package and resell broadband services to end users. The so-called ‘active’ layer sits on the basic fibre-optic infrastructure which is currently being deployed by the network operating company (NetCo), OpenNet, a joint venture between four companies that includes SingTel.
Earlier this month, CommsUpdate reported that Alcatel-Lucent had been selected by the 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 the NGNBN 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.