SingTel fire puts spotlight on proposed OpenNet sale, calls for real alternative
The fire at SingTel's Bukit Panjang building that crippled telecom services across Singapore has now put the spotlight on OpenNet's proposed sale to a SingTel-owned business trust.
Even as most of the affected services have resumed, some consumers and Internet service providers (ISPs) are calling for a "real" alternative nationwide network to SingTel's.
Two-thirds of the 149 fibre-optic cables damaged by the fire belong to OpenNet, the builder of Singapore's ultra-fast national fibre broadband network. Broadband services of operators like M1, StarHub, ViewQwest and SuperInternet were also disrupted as they buy fibre links wholesale from OpenNet.
People are concerned that OpenNet's network is too closely tied to SingTel's. All of its nine Internet exchanges are located within SingTel's premises, making it a risk for a single point of failure.