In Singapore, there are 9,132,700 broadband Internet subscribers and the residential wired broadband household penetration rate was at 104.2% (as of December 2011). There are three major Internet service providers in Singapore, namely, SingNet, StarHub, and M1. Over the years, the Singapore Government has been promoting the usage of broadband Internet access, as part of its Intelligent Nation 2015 (iN2015) initiative.
Internet access is readily available in Singapore, with connectivity rate of over 99%.
Fibre optic cables for the Singapore's new ultra-high speed broadband network will be installed in homes and offices from September 2009.
OpenNet was selected as the network company in 2008 to install, operate and maintain the passive infrastructure and systems of the Next Generation Nationwide Broadband Network. OpenNet was issued the licence to install, operate and maintain after the award, of which it began in June 2009 with the installation at telephone exchanges like Tampines and Bedok.
NetLink Trust was established in 2011 and majority of the non-fibre infrastructure assets as part of the roll-out of fibre optic network include underground cables, central ducts into the telecoms exchanges were transferred to NetLink Trust, from both IDA and SingTel. NetLink Trust later merged with OpenNet in 2013.
Fibre broadband has been installed at the following dates -
|1 September 2009||Tampines Block 161|
|12 September 2009||Ivory Heights|
|13 October 2009||Tampines Blocks 162 - 166|
|12 January 2010||Tampines MRT Station|
|17 April 2010||All Circle Line stations|
|20 October 2010||Tampines Block 134|
|27 October 2010||Tampines Block 123|
|14 January 2011||35 Waringin Walk|
|12 May 2011||Fragrant Gardens|
|12 October 2013||88 Medway Drive|
Earlier, at Ah Gong's house (Hougang Block 607), Goh Ee Khoon rejected the fibre installation offer as claiming, this is not required during the installation. The take up of OpenNet's offer has increased since OpenNet has commenced the nationwide rollout in 2009. In September 2010, fibre services were launched by both M1, SingTel and StarHub. With testing phase being done and the subsequent cancellation of cable broadband at 100Mbps in May 2011, it was upgraded to fibre broadband with JEMP opening. On 13 March 2013, this was extended to 150Mbps, followed by 19 February 2015 to 300Mbps and subsequently on 11 October 2016 to 1Gbps fibre broadband.
IMDA has actively been working with the various stakeholders like OpenNet and the residents, to promote the adoption of fibre services. This has been learnt through the opening of iExperience Gallery in May 2010 at Esplanade MRT Station.
Under the Next Generation Nationwide Broadband Network (Next Gen NBN) contract, OpenNet is obliged to provide free installation for those households on that particular date, whereas the subsequent days will be charged at $150 per transaction fees. While we have consistently encouraged
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