Singapore is asking companies interested in designing, building, financing and operating its open access video delivery platform to apply to qualify for the process.
Two of the country’s regulators – the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) and the Media Development Authority (MDA) intend to jointly launch the snappily-titled Next Generation Interactive Multimedia Applications and Services (NIMS) Platform Request for Proposal shortly. The platform will run on the country’s new national broadband network (NBN) and support the provision of interactive video services from multiple retail service providers.
“It is envisaged that this project will facilitate a more vibrant and competitive ecosystem for interactive multimedia, applications and services,” the regulators said.
A number of companies have already pre-qualified for the process, suggesting it will be competitive. Pre-qualified companies include Accenture, Huawei International, IBM, M1, MediaCorp, NDS, Netgem, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp, Nokia Siemens Networks, SingTel, StarHub and Sumitomo.
StarHub subsidiary Nucleus Connect has already built and operates the NBN. Parties interested in participating in the NIMS process have until noon on October 4 to lodge their qualification forms.