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Nucleus Connect Announces Two Members of the Board of Directors


Singapore, 4 November 2009 – Nucleus Connect Pte Ltd (Nucleus Connect), Singapore’s Next Gen NBN Operating Company (OpCo) today announced that it has appointed two members to its board of directors. They are:


Mr Ernest Wong, Chairman and Independent Director

Mr Wong is currently a Member of the Temasek Advisory Panel, a Director of Fullerton Financial Holdings, Chairman of Invida Pharmaceutical Holdings, and Member of the Board of Trustees of Nanyang Technological University among other appointments. Prior to this, Mr Wong was with the United Overseas Bank Group (UOB) for 30 years. During this period, he held various key appointments including 10 years (1990-2000) as Group President & Member of the Executive Committee of the Board. He was also a Board Member of the Economic Development Board (EDB) and Chairman of the Association of Banks in Singapore before he left UOB to join MediaCorp as its Group CEO from 2000-2005.


Mr Paul Ma, Independent Director

Mr Ma is currently the Chairman, an Independent Director and a Member of the Audit and Risk Committee of Mapletree Logistics Trust Management Ltd.  Mr Ma also sits on the Board of Directors and the Audit Committee of Hwa Hong Corporation Ltd, SMRT Corporation Ltd and Mapletree Investments Pte Ltd. He is an Independent Director of CapitaLand China Development Fund Pte Ltd, and CapitaLand China Development Fund II Ltd.  He is also a Member of the Board of Trustees of the National University of Singapore.

The board of directors is committed to provide full leadership to Nucleus Connect in its drive to roll out the active infrastructure of Singapore’s first ultra high-speed network. Mr Ernest Wong, Chairman of Nucleus Connect said, “The Next Gen NBN will open limitless possibilities and opportunities for businesses and consumers that cannot be imagined today. As the Next Gen NBN OpCo, Nucleus Connect is well-placed to offer world-class leading edge services across the Next Gen NBN to Retail Service Providers, and to also work with them to spur the delivery of innovative next generation services in Singapore.”


Note to Editor:

1. The Next Gen Nationwide Broadband Network comprises three key conceptual industry layers, the Network Company (Next Gen NBN NetCo), the Operating Company (Next Gen NBN OpCo) and the Retail Service Providers (RSPs). The Next Gen NBN NetCo is responsible for the design, build and operation of the passive infrastructure layer. Nucleus Connect, the Next Gen NBN Operating Company (OpCo) will be responsible for the design, build and operation of the active infrastructure to provide wholesale broadband connectivity to Retail Service Providers, the downstream operators.





 About Nucleus Connect Pte Ltd


Incorporated on 14 April 2009, Nucleus Connect is responsible for designing, building and operating the active infrastructure of Singapore's Next Generation Nationwide Broadband Network (Next Gen NBN). It will offer comprehensive and flexible services that will help Retail Service Providers select and deliver broadband connectivity services to their target markets quickly and seamlessly, bringing a more enriching experience to the end-users. Nucleus Connect plans to commence commercial operations in 1H-2010. Actual availability of ultra high-speed broadband connectivity to homes and businesses in Singapore will depend on the roll-out schedule of the Next Gen NBN. Singaporeans can expect to have ultra high-speed broadband connectivity of up to 1Gbps in 95% of homes and offices by December 2012. Visit for more information.

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