Singapore plans to create and put in place its Next Generation National Broadband Network by the year 2012. The main reason for this nation wide upgrade is that it is expected that the country's current broadband infrastructure will not be able to cope with surging demand for data access in the years ahead. The second goal of this program is to develop wireless access that is available at an affordable price.
It is expected that this broadband facility will will include both wired and wireless components, and will provide data transfer speeds of 100MB to 1GB per second to 85% of households in the country. A wireless broadband network will also blanket the city-state. The new network is also expected to have large social impacts. For example, it will allow Singaporeans to make video calls to stay in touch with relatives and friends overseas.
The government hopes to complete this project without help from the private sector, with contracts awarded for the project in early 2007, which will allow 50% of the network to be rolled out within three years, and the other 50% to be complete by 2012.