NEC Australia wins SingTel contract

NEC Australia has won an $18 million contract to supply Optus parent company Singapore Telecommunications (SingTel) with DSL broadband infrastructure and services.

The contract will cover the supply of broadband access infrastructure for Internet data services, and is aimed at meeting the rapid growth of ADSL demand in Singapore.

A spokesperson for SingTel said the telco had 162,000 ADSL connections as of March 2003, which was an increase of 122 per cent from the same time last year.

The two-year contract is being provided through Itochu Singapore, utilising NEC’s multi-service ADSL platform and network management system, which was designed and developed by NEC engineers in Australia.

A spokesperson for NEC said the new platform infrastructure will allow SingTel to add additional multimedia services (such as video) to its established network.

Executive director of NEC Australia, Brendan McManus, said NEC’s long-standing experience in providing and integrating broadband technologies was critical in winning the contract.

“NEC Australia is experiencing strong export growth on the back of the broadband explosion in the Asia-Pacific region,” said McManus.

Earlier this year, NEC won a deal worth $7.5 million to supply broadband ADSL systems to Telekom Malaysia.

“NEC Australia has doubled its broadband DSL presence in the Asia-Pacific region over the last 12 months,” McManus said.

“[NEC] already has more than three million DSL lines operational in the region, and expects strong growth to continue over the next 12 months,” he added.

“This continued growth demonstrates the viability of Australian research and design in delivering commercially competitive technologies for the world market.”

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