Next Gen NBNNext Gen NBN is an ultra high-speed optical fibre network that will enable new and exciting ways to work, live, learn and play.
Pursuant to the Next Generation Nationwide Broadband Network (Next Gen NBN) Request-for-Proposal (RFP) process, a private entity OpenNet Consortium was selected as the Next Gen 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 Next Gen NBN 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.
OpenNet will offer OpCos attractive wholesale prices of S$15 per month for each residential fibre connection, and S$50 per month for each non-residential fibre connection. Such wholesale prices are expected to bring about competitive retail prices in the ultra-high speed broadband market.
Under a Universal Service Obligation* which will take effect from 2013, OpenNet will be required to fulfill all requests to install connectivity to homes, offices and buildings. It will own and deploy all the fibre optic cables, and offer wholesale dark fibre services to qualifying operators on a non-discriminatory basis.
OpenNet will own and deploy all the fibre optic cables, and offer wholesale dark fibre services to qualifying operators on a non-discriminatory basis. To facilitate the deployment of its fibre network, OpenNet makes use of the relevant and existing underlying passive infrastructure assets, such as ducts, manholes and exchanges that belong to its partner, SingTel.
* In the context of the NetCo and OpCo Request for Proposals, this refers to the requirement for the NetCo and OpCo to meet all reasonable requests for services at any location (eg. homes, offices, buildings) from 2013 onwards