Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Singapore Going to Fiber

Lightreading has published an article describing Singapore's plans to move to fiber access. This is being developed by two separate entities, known as the NetCo and the OpCo: OpenNet (the NetCo), a consortium comprising Singapore Telecommunications Ltd. (SingTel), Axia NetMedia Corp., Singapore Press Holdings, and Singapore Power Telecoms, which will provide the passive infrastructure; and Nucleus Connect (the OpCo), a wholly owned subsidiary of StarHub Pte. Ltd., which will provide wholesale connectivity to multiple retail service providers.

The companies are working on parallel rollouts that are required to deliver 100 percent coverage by January 1, 2013, and are actually ahead of schedule, with 95 percent coverage promised for June 2012 instead of the 80 percent required in their license conditions.

This is the kind of commitment that will get real results. The U.S. and the UK should take not.


devonseaglass said...

Why is it that politicians in Singapore are made from a different DNA to those in the UK and US? Why? Where did we go wrong?

Bob Larribeau said...

In Asia, they tend to take what we derisively call a command and control approach to regulation. The policy makers decided that fiber to the home is a good thing and they did it. In the U.S. and the UK, we take the lead of the large telcos - ATT, Verizon, and BT.

Bob Larribeau