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Singapore network picks Lucent

StarHub, Singapore's newest public basic telecomms services, selects Lucent to provide the equipment for StarHub's nationwide network.

    Lucent Technologies today announced that it has been selected by StarHub, Singapore's newest public basic telecommunications services, to provide telecommunications infrastructure equipment for StarHub's nationwide network.

    Exact financial terms for the deal were not disclosed, but the company said it was a multimillion-dollar contract for phase one. The network rollout is planned for April 2000. StarHub has awarded Lucent exclusive supply rights for the first four years. StarHub will start commercial service on April 1, 2000.

    Yesterday, Lucent was awarded a $108 million deal with the Irish company Ocean to install a network in Ireland.

    StarHub is a joint venture between Singapore Technologies Telemedia, Singapore Power, Nippon Telegraph & Telephone, and British Telecom. The company won the country's third wireless network operator license after the Singapore government deregulated the telecommunications market.

    The consortium is investing some $1.5 billion over the next seven to ten years on telecommunications infrastructure for fixed line and wireless services.

    StarHub also awarded Finnish telecommunications firm Nokia a contract to develop a total integrated fixed and mobile solution in Singapore.

    "Globally, Internet application spending on e-commerce, email, real-time video, Web surfing, and the like is projected to increase 400 percent over the next five years," Michael J. Butcher, president and chief executive officer of Lucent Technologies Asia/Pacific, said in a statement. "Lucent is proud to be partnering with StarHub to capitalize on this market using Lucent's wide range of fiber-optic equipment."

    Lucent will design, supply, install, test, and commission StarHub's optical transmission network infrastructure using state-of-the-art Synchronous Digital Hierarchy optical fiber technology.

    Lucent has approximately 1,400 employees in Singapore.