Interview: CEO, Singapore Nucleus Connect: “Singapore’s Next Gen NBN… is perhaps one of the most unique infrastructures in the world.”

David Storrie, CEO, Singapore’s Nucleus Connect

David Storrie, is CEO, of Singapore’s Nucleus Connect, delivering the active fibre infrastructure for the country’s NBN. Storrie will be delivering the opening keynote address on Day Two of the Broadband Asia conference, taking place on the 29th-30th April 2014 at the Suntec, Singapore. Read on to find out about more about the company and its challenges, as it looks to play a key role in boosting the Singapore’s productivity and competitiveness.

Tell us about your company and your key plans for 2014.

Fibre take-up has already crossed half a million subscribers in Singapore. As fibre broadband becomes the de-facto choice for consumers, and quality is the new king, our role is to make sure that we work with RSPs (Retail Service Providers) to deliver the exponential bandwidth needs of an Internet savvy society from a high performance and reliable active network.

What would you say is your biggest challenge ahead for 2014?

While the take-up rate has been phenomenal, it’s unfortunate that Singapore’s Next Gen NBN faces delays in service delivery at the Network Company (NetCo) level and delays in securing access to commercial buildings for passive infrastructure deployment. We can only persist in working with the NetCo to identify and rectify issues, as well as go the extra mile for retail service providers (RSPs) and end-users to manage the field services required during the installation process.

You offer an IOT Service. What is it and why is it different to any other type of connectivity service?

Our Interoperability Testing (IOT) Service enables RSPs to test and validate their services over a simulated Next Gen NBN environment as it verifies all network and connectivity tests to ensure proper interconnection between the RSP’s and Nucleus Connect’s network. The interoperability tests performed will give confidence that RSPs are able to provide the desired broadband experience to end-users before they go live.

Is an NBN model approach one you think other countries looking to deploy fibre could learn from?

Singapore’s Next Gen NBN has an interesting three-tier industry structure consisting of OpCo (Operating Company), NetCo and RSPs. There are many intricacies in the multi-tier dependencies, and pre-eminence in its Open Access, nationwide all-fibre network – making it is perhaps one of the most unique infrastructures in the world, with trials and tribulations that many can learn from.

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What impact will fibre have on the economy of Singapore?

Currently we have RSPs offering consumers symmetrical fibre broadband plans at 100-200Mbps speeds for an entry retail price of ~$40/month. So far the telecommunications market is aligning itself with the Singapore Government’s iN2015 master plan to transform Singapore into an intelligent nation, where end-users are enjoying a richer broadband experience at competitive prices, and enabled to use ‘infocomm’ to boost productivity and competitiveness.

What are you most looking forward to about the Broadband Asia conference?

The conference has always garnered the interest of many industry experts and leaders in the region. It will be interesting and enlightening to hear from them, and gain valuable insights from their experiences.


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