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OpenNet names CEO, unveils board line-up

In addition to SingTel and SPH, the other two consortium members are SP Telecommunications and Axia.

By Chua Hian Hou
Feb 02, 2009
The Straits Times

OPENNET, the consortium building Singapore's next-generation broadband network, has unveiled its new chief executive officer (CEO) as well as its board of directors.

OpenNet - which numbers SingTel and Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) among its consortium members - appointed Mrs Tan Kah-Rhu CEO with effect from yesterday.

Mrs Tan, who previously held the post of SingTel's vice-president for access and transmission engineering, will spearhead the nation-wide project to construct the optical fibre network.

When completed, the network is expected to deliver broadband speeds 10 times faster than that possible today.

'I am privileged to be leading the team that will realise the first phase of Singapore's vision of providing seamless connectivity', said Mrs Tan, who will report to OpenNet's board of directors chaired by Mr Tan Gee Paw.

The seven-man board includes Mr Tan, who is also chairman of the Public Utilities Board; retired Accenture executive partner Robert Chew; and MCL Land deputy chairman Philip Eng Heng Nee.

Mr Tan, Mr Chew and Mr Eng will serve as independent directors of the board, which aims to provide 'stewardship to OpenNet in meeting the obligations of its winning proposal', according to an OpenNet statement.

The other four board directors are SPH chief executive officer Alan Chan Heng Loon, SingTel executive vice-president of networks Mark Chong Chin Kok, Singapore Power chief operating officer Ong Boon Hwee, and Axia NetMedia Corporation chairman and chief executive officer Arthur Price.

In addition to SingTel and SPH, the other two consortium members are SP Telecommunications and Axia.

Last September, OpenNet was awarded the contract by the Infocomm Development Authority to design, build and operate the infrastructure of Singapore's next-generation broadband network.

The network is an integral part of the Government's iN2015 intelligent nation blueprint.

The super-fast Internet connection, said Mr Tan, 'will cut across a broad spectrum of industries, such as the Government, health-care, education and financial sectors'.

'The public will experience new levels of products and services being offered. Many opportunities will be created for business and economic growth.'