Singtel's project "Conversion of Overhead Poles to Underground Plants for Telecommunication Cables" was named as one of the Top 50 Engineering Feats at The Institution of Engineers, Singapore (IES) - SG50 Award.
"We are honoured to receive this award as a recognition of our contribution to Singapore's telecommunication infrastructural development. In fact, the conversion to underground plants not only boosted the reliability and resiliency of Singapore's telecommunication network, it also proved beneficial for the subsequent fibre cable roll-out for the New Generation National Broadband (NGNBN) more than 20 years later," said Tay Soo Meng, Group Chief Technology Officer of Singtel.
The project, which started in 1980, converted overhead telecommunication cable poles into underground plants. According to Singtel, the move aimed to alleviate the problems of overhead poles, which created obstructions to pedestrians and traffic, unsightly hanging cables and the risk of exposing cables to weather damage. Underground plants afforded better public safety due to less obstructions, more room for aesthetic development and greater protection for the cables against the elements.
Meanwhile, the telco company also contributed S$50,000 to the IES-SG50 Golden Jubilee Scholarship fund to support the next generation of engineers.
The IES aims to raise $500,000 to help 50 engineering students from local universities and polytechnics, primarily those from needy families.
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