Nationwide Broadband Network (NBN)

The NBN is the pervasive and ultra-high speed broadband wired network which supports the transformation of Singapore into an intelligent nation and a global city, powered by infocomm. It is also the foundation in support of our goal to be a leading digital economy. 

NBN has open up new economic opportunities and enhanced the vibrancy of the infocomm sector, through an effective open access model where we have attracted more than 30 retail service providers (RSPs) to bring about a more competitive broadband market. 

The NBN offers a nationwide broadband access of 1Gbps and more, to everyone and everywhere at an affordable pricing.

About the Next Gen NBN NetCo

Pursuant to the NBN Request-for-Proposal (RFP) process, a private entity OpenNet Consortium was selected as the NBN's NetCo on 26 September 2008. The OpenNet Consortium was led by Axia NetMedia Corporation, and included Singapore Telecommunications Ltd (SingTel), Singapore Press Holdings Ltd and SP Telecommunications Pte Ltd. 

As the NetCo, OpenNet designs, builds and operates the passive infrastructure of the network. The Singapore Government provides a grant of up to S$750 million to the NetCo in support of the network rollout.

In 2014, OpenNet was fully acquired by NetLink Trust (NLT), which will own and deploy all the fibre optic cables, and offer wholesale dark fibre services to qualifying OpCos on a non-discriminatory basis. 

NLT offers Operating Companies (OpCos) attractive wholesale prices of S$13.80 per month for each residential fibre connection, and S$55 per month for each non-residential fibre connection. Such wholesale prices are expected to bring about competitive retail prices in the broadband market. 

About the NBN OpCo

On 3 April 2009, pursuant to an open Request-for-Proposal (RFP) process, IMDA selected Nucleus Connect as the Operating Company (OpCo) of the NBN. Established in April 2009, Nucleus Connect is a wholly owned subsidiary of StarHub Ltd and commenced commercial operations on 31 August 2010. As the OpCo, Nucleus Connect will design, build and operate the active infrastructure of the Next Gen NBN and is responsible for building a fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) architecture using GPON and Active Ethernet network elements. 

For RSPs, the deployment of advanced technologies on Nucleus Connect's infrastructure will enable a comprehensive range of ultra-high speed and innovative next generation services to end-users. Nucleus Connect will ensure that the prices for its services remain competitive, transparent and non-discriminatory for RSPs.

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Last updated on: 19 Sep 2019