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Demand for Singapore NBN stronger than expected

| Feb. 21, 2011

 

SINGAPORE, 15 FEBRUARY 2011 - Singapore demand for 150 meg broadband connections, under the Next Generation National Broadband Network, has exceeded the expectations of Nucleus Connect, a wholly-owned subsidiary of telco Starhub Incorporated.

Nucleus Connect is offering a complete and comprehensive range of wholesale bandwidth services to homes, non-residential premises and non-building address points for Retail Services Providers to connect to the Next Gen NBN.

Since launching the Next Gen. NBN service on 1 September 2010, Nucleus Connect says it has signed up seven new corporate clients - SingTel, StarHub, M1, LGA, SuperInternet, OSINET and Verizon. A total of 10 are expected to be subscribed, perhaps as early as the middle of this year.

The Singapore NBN - described by some as Singapore's complex and ground-breaking 'golden pipe' - now has more than 6,000 residential and non-residential connections, beyond Nucleus Connect's original target.

Nucleus Connect stands by its promise that Singaporeans can expect to have 'ubiquitous' ultra high-speed broadband from 100 Mbps up to 1Gbps in 95 per cent of homes and offices by December 2012.

Good 150 meg demand

Nucleus Connect CEO David Storrie told a Chinese New Year luncheon today that there was good demand for the 150 meg connections, when the firm initially thought they may even be low demand for the 100 meg connections.

"The playing field is being leveled," Storrie said. "I'm particularly impressive by the aggressiveness of M1's marketing of the NBN fibre links. In the market, we are starting to see acceptance of 100 meg connections and beyond, although one issue is that subscribers still lack knowledge about what they can do with fibre."

He acknowledged there had been a number of "teething problems" with the new service.

"We are going at a reasonably pace and there are just a few things that need to be overcome, such as improving the business-to-business interface, ensuring that processes work better together, and achieving complete integration of our three tier NBN model, but we are confident they will be handled in the net two to three months," Storrie said.

Manual intervention

"We've all lost hair because it's been a bit of a challenge over the past five months, and we have had more manual intervention that we expected, but I think we are about 90 per cent through these issues and greater automation is not far away."

Access to these wholesale bandwidth services-which include 100Mbps to upwards of 1Gbps access-will be delivered to homes via GPON technology, and to non-residential premises via a combination of GPON and Optical Ethernet technologies.

 

 

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