More occupants of non-residential buildings can look forward to powering up over the Next Generation Nationwide Broadband Network (Next Gen NBN). As of December 2011, the network has been deployed to over 19,000 commercial buildings and offices.
Besides faster broadband speeds, occupants of Next Gen NBN connected buildings and offices can look forward to improved productivity as they can subscribe to more innovative and customised services that tap on the larger bandwidth offered over the network. Some of the buildings that are already connected to Next Gen NBN include Suntec Office Towers, HarbourFront Centre, Shaw House and Shaw Centre.
To help occupants and the public identify which commercial buildings and offices are connected to the Next Gen NBN, the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) will be rolling out the Fibre Ready! Mark for non-residential buildings.
Mr Ronnie Tay, Chief Executive Officer of IDA, said, “Today, we have 12 service providers offering more than 40 fibre connection packages to cater for both residential and enterprise needs. However, not all enterprises are aware if their premises are fibre ready. With the Fibre Ready! Mark for buildings which have been connected to the Next Gen NBN, enterprises located in those buildings can be kept informed and therefore prepare their premises to be powered by Next Gen NBN.”
On the residential side, OpenNet’s free fibre installation offer received growing response from homeowners, as evidenced in the increase in take up among winning constituencies of the “Most Fibred-Up Constituency Contest”. Bishan North constituency, the winner of the latest instalment, achieved over 70% sign-ups, compared to over 60% achieved in the Chua Chu Kang constituency, the first instalment winner awarded in November 2010.
Sharing on how the constituency members had spread the message to sign-up through word-of-mouth and notices on Resident Committee notice boards, Mr Phang Weng Onn, Chairman of Bishan North Zone 3 Resident Committee, also thanked the residents for their support, “On behalf of the constituency, I would like to express our gratitude to the residents for their support which enabled Bishan North constituency to win the first prize in the third round of the Most Fibred-Up Constituency Contest.”.
The “Most Fibred-Up Constituency Contest” seeks to encourage homeowners to take up free installation of optical fibre for the Next Gen NBN. It is part of IDA’s public outreach effort to inform and promote the adoption of Next Gen NBN. Other upcoming public outreach efforts include the iExperience Carnival on 3rd and 4th March which will feature various booths and activities related to Next Gen NBN. Members of the public can find out more about the technology behind the network and the available Next Gen services they can now subscribe to. They can also sign up for Next Gen NBN fibre connection plans at the Carnival.