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Singapore’s ultra-high speed digital highway ready by 2015

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The Government of Singapore is planning to launch Next Generation National Broadband Network (Next Gen NBN), which will provide ultra-high speed connectivity by 2015. The Government will open bid for all interested parties to submit their bid to design build and operate the passive infrastructure layer of the Next Gen NBN.

The Next Gen NBN project will offer various services like high-definition video conferencing, telemedicine, Grid Computing-on-Demand, security and immersive learning applications on the Next Gen NBN from about 2010. The government has formulated Request for Proposal (RFP), in which government has selected Network Company, or NetCo to design, build and operate this passive infrastructure that will carry the traffic for Next Generation Services. The company, called Operating Company(OpCo) will deploy active electronics like switches and routers to manage the flow of traffic on the passive infrastructure. The Government is prepared to provide a grant of up to US$ 750 million for the project.

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