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“In less than ten years, every single person and business in Singapore
will find the world – and everyday life – transformed by technology.

iN2015 is the blueprint to navigate Singapore’s exhilarating
transition into a global city, universally recognised as an enviable
synthesis of technology, infrastructure, enterprise and manpower.

It is a living plan that gives every individual and endeavour seamless
access to intelligent technology – and with it – the capability to take

It is the new freedom to connect, innovate, personalise and create.

Intelligent Nation 2015 (iN2015) is Singapore’s 10-year masterplan to
help us realise the potential of infocomm over the next decade. Led by
the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), iN2015 is a
multi-agency effort that is the result of private, public and people
sector co-creation.

From the people sector, individuals provided their ideas and views
through focus groups and the Express iT! iN2015 Competition. The
competition attracted thousands of entries from students and the
general public on how they envisioned infocomm would impact the way
they live, work, learn and play in 2015. In addition, hundreds of
private and public sector representatives participated in numerous
discussions to come up with ideas for transforming their sectors
through infocomm, and how to translate these ideas into reality.”

One nation under Wi-Fi
By Michael Kanellos
Staff Writer, CNET
August 28, 2006

By the end of the year, it will be possible to roam almost anywhere in
Singapore and get a wireless signal.

As part of its Intelligent Nation 2015 program, the island nation will
be able to boast of countrywide Wi-Fi coverage in a few months, Bill
Chang, executive vice president of wireless service provider SingTel,
said in a recent interview.

“At the end of the year, Singapore will be one mega hot spot,” he said.
“They are breaking Singapore into three regions and looking at ways to
maximize coverage.”

The country had a pretty good head start. The official report released
with the unfurling of the Intelligent Nation program pointed out that
Singapore already had one public hot spot for every square kilometer at
the end of last year. Communication between hot spots will be augmented
by mesh networking, according to the Intelligent Nation report.
Commercial WiMax–a wireless standard that allows signals to travel
over longer distances than those using Wi-Fi–will begin in Singapore
by the end of the year, said Chang.

The Intelligent Nation program, officially unveiled last year, seeks to
make Singapore a global leader in communications technology in a
decade. The country doesn’t have the large domestic market,
manufacturing base or low costs of places like India and China, so the
idea is to focus more on industries with a large intellectual property
component, similar to what South Korea and Israel are doing. The
program is backed by various government subsidies and incentives.

Other initiatives in the program include digitizing public health
records, bringing broadband connections into at least 90 percent of
residences, recruiting multinationals to locate their call centers for
Asia in the country and in general boosting Singaporean technology
exports. The country hopes to add 80,000 information technology jobs
through the effort. Another goal is to put computers into 100 percent
of homes with school-age children.

This is all good news for SingTel, he added. The 127-year-old company
(it started as a telegraph provider back in the days of British
colonial rule) has emerged as one of the telecom giants of Asia. In its
2001 fiscal year, SingTel reported revenue of $3.1 billion.
Approximately 81 percent of the revenue derived domestically. In fiscal
2005, revenue came to $8.3 billion and 71 percent came from overseas.

“We are Asia’s largest multimarket mobile operator,” Chang said. “We
want to be the king of the hill in Asia rather than spread ourselves
too thin.”

To expand, the company cuts deals or invests in regional wireless
carriers such as Indonesia’s Telkomsel and India’s Bharti Airtel.
Through these alliances SingTel garners about 2.5 million new cellular
customers a month with around 800,000 coming from neighboring
Indonesia. Along with growing the cellular business, SingTel wants to
expand its managed services business.

Singapore is also investing heavily in recruiting biotech companies and
U.S. and European scientists to work in the country.