Singapore has drawn a multi-billion U.S. dollars blueprint for transforming the state into an intelligent nation and global city powered by infocomm in a decade.
Intelligent Nation 2015 (iN2015), officially launched last week will build two broadband networks nation-wide, namely a wired network and a wireless network. The wired network, also known as the Next Generation National Broadband Network (NBN), will connect all homes, schools and businesses in Singapore with ultra-high speeds from 100 megabits per second (Mbps) to more than 1 gigabit per second. On completion of the two broadband networks by 2015, Singapore hopes at least 90 percent of homes will use broadband access, up from the current 54 percent, while every household with school-going children will own a computer with Internet access. The project has attracted 33 companies, including Singapore Telecommunications (SingTel) and international giants Motorola and Siemens, to submit building concepts with estimated cost of between 500 million Singapore dollars to 5 billion Singapore dollars