Singapore’s national telecoms regulator the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) has launched a Request for Proposal for a Next Generation Interactive Multimedia, Application and Services (NIMS) platform, ChannelNewsAsia reports. The city-state’s NIMS project forms part of wider plans by the watchdog and the Media Development Authority (MDA) to establish an open access platform for interactive video-based services on the country’s Next Generation Nationwide Broadband Network (Next Gen NBN). The NIMS will enable customers to access a range of interactive video services and applications that will be offered by competing service providers, through a common set-top box connected to the open access video delivery platform. In addition, the IDA has made a second call for the Next Generation Services Innovation Programme (NGSIP), which is designed to support the development of services on the Next Gen NBN. Singapore is on track to reach its goal of 60% coverage by end-2010, and nationwide coverage of 95% by mid-2012. More than half of all homes in Singapore are already covered by the Next Gen NBN.