Prysmian Group, a provider of solutions for the energy and telecom cable systems industries, has been selected to support the ongoing development of Singapore’s next generation national broadband network (Next Gen NBN). Specifically, the vendor has won separate contracts worth around SGD35 million (USD25.6 million) from Singapore Telecom (Singtel) and NetLink Trust – the so-called ‘NetCo’ responsible for the construction, deployment and maintenance of the network’s passive infrastructure, which is now owned by Singtel after it bought out its predecessor OpenNet in August 2013 – for the supply of optical fibres. In total, Prysmian Group will supply the two firms with up to 25,000km of optical fibre cables by 2018, which includes underground, flame retardant and ribbon types utilising single mode fibre specification G652D and G657.
Commenting on the awards, Toni Bosch, Vice President Telecom Solutions at Prysmian Group, said: ‘Most of the broadband network in Singapore supports connection speeds up to 100Mbps, and Singtel-NetLink Trust understand the importance of installing a comprehensive optical network with reliable technology as the foundation for a Next Gen NBN. This will allow connections to perform 100 times faster than the speeds the country currently experiences.’