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Singapore’s OpenNet Beefs Up Installation Capacity

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by Donavan Lim

OpenNet, a joint venture between four partners, announced that it will increase its current installation capacity from 2,400 to 3,100 per week effective August 2012.

This follows the Info-communications Development Authority (IDA) of Singapore’s conclusion of its review of OpenNet’s Interconnection Offer (ICO) and issuance of specific directions regarding installation capacity and service activation periods, among others.

The increase in installation capacity includes a dedicated 40 slots per day for the non-residential segment.

Additionally, OpenNet will also be increasing installation capacity on a temporary basis to accommodate the spikes in demand for fibre installation slots that occur around the quarterly IT shows.

From its 100,000 subscriber in January this year, OpenNet’s subscriber base has grown by an additional 50 per cent. In the month of June 2012 alone, OpenNet added over 15,000 subscribers.

According to the company, fibre connections in Singapore is expected to more than double from its January 2012 subscriber base by the end of this year.

Apart from beefing up on its installation capacity, the company will also be rolling out a marketing programme to service operators to improve uptake of fibre connections in the non-residential sector.

The programme will leverage on the resources and relationships of service operators with the building management of non-residential buildings to secure access and fibre penetration into non-residential premises.