Singapore FTTH plan expected to create more competition among telcos

Dirk van der Woude sent me an article from the Singapore Straits Times about Singapore’s plan to build a FTTH network:Dirk van der Woude sent me an article from the Singapore Straits Times about Singapore’s plan to build a FTTH network:

A spanking new ultra-fast national broadband network may be sweet music to the ears of Internet users but it could sound the Last Post for the cosy duopoly enjoyed by SingTel and StarHub.

According to the article, the network would allow more players to enter the market for high-speed broadband services – not great for StarHub and Singtel, the two major providers in Singapore. Indeed, Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong told the parliament that the network is “basic infrastructure needed for Singapore to be competitive.” The article points out that although FTTH project will not kill Singtel or Starhub, but it will make life much harder for them. With a fiber network not controlled by Singtel, these companies will no longer enjoy the same kind of market power that they have today (competitors complain about their pricing and inflexibility in leasing capacity).

Analysts believe that the Singapore government’s intervention is necessary to create a more competitive market — a notion that is lost on many US proponents of “open, free markets” in high-speed broadband access.

I am trying to find the link to this full article — if you know it, please post it in the comments below.


  1. IDA Invites Private Sector to Propose Concepts for Singapore’s Next Generation National Broadband Network

    Singapore, 23 March 2006 | For Immediate Release

    Following the launch of the Infocomm Development Authority’s (IDA) Wireless Broadband Market Development Call-For-Collaboration (CFC) on 9 March 2006, IDA is today, calling a Request-For-Concept (RFC) for Singapore’s Next Generation National Broadband Network (Next Gen NBN).

    The two industry engagement programmes are part of the government’s initiative to deploy a Next Generation National Infocomm Infrastructure (Next Gen NII), announced on 3 March 2006 by Dr Lee Boon Yang, Minister for Communications, Information and the Arts.

    The Next Gen NII comprises the ultra high-speed Next Generation NBN and the pervasive Wireless Broadband Network (WBN). Today’s RFC solicits industry inputs to shape the Next Gen NBN initiative. Following the RFC, IDA will subsequently launch a Request-For-Proposal (RFP) later this year. The RFP will be the formal process for interested parties to bid for the construction, deployment and operation of the Next Gen NBN.

    The Next Gen NBN will entrench Singapore’s Infocomm hub status and open the doors to new economic opportunities, business growth and social vibrancy for the country. Next Gen NBN will be capable of ultra high speeds of symmetric 1Gbps or more, with initial provisioning of 100Mbps.

    Next Generation National Broadband Network RFC

    Through the RFC, IDA seeks proposals from interested parties on the design, financing, construction and operation of the Next Gen NBN. IDA will use the responses to the RFC to draw up detailed specifications, operating and financial terms of the network for the subsequent RFP. Key areas where industry inputs are sought are as follows:

    Network Capability
    Market Coverage
    Rollout Strategy
    Construction and Installation Techniques

    The response to the RFC is a non-binding expression of interest in participating in the subsequent RFP process. Submissions must reach IDA on or before 5pm, 15 June 2006. Further details and the RFC document is available at


    Supplementary Information

    Please refer to the IDA Media Portal at for backgrounder on Singapore’s Next Generation National Infocomm Infrastructure.

    About Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore

    The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) is committed to growing Singapore into a dynamic global infocomm hub. IDA uses an integrated approach to developing infocommunications in Singapore. This involves nurturing a competitive telecoms market as well as a conducive business environment with programmes and schemes for both local