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Singtel to provide about S$2 million worth of telecom services as Telco Lead Partner of Singapore 2006

First deployment of 3G by the host government at an IMF/World Bank event

Singapore, 29 August 2006 -- Singapore Telecommunications Limited (Singtel) announced today details of its support for Singapore 2006, a series of meetings and seminars which will be held in September.  The highlight of Singapore 2006 will be the Annual Meetings of the Boards of Governors of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank Group.

As the Telco Lead Partner, Singtel will be providing approximately S$2 million worth of voice, mobile, broadband and data solutions for the Singapore 2006 delegates and the Singapore 2006 Organising Committee.  This will enable all participants to enjoy speedy access to information anytime, anywhere during the event.
Singtel, recognised for its innovation, quality and reliability with over 125 years of operating experience in the telecom industry, will help boost Singapore’s leadership in exploiting infocomm technologies and reinforce its position as a regional infocomm hub and a connected city.
Mr Allen Lew, Singtel’s CEO Singapore, said: “Singtel is excited to be the Telco Lead Partner for Singapore 2006.  This partnership is a testament to Singtel’s position as an innovative provider of services to meet the challenging communication needs of Singapore 2006.”
First to deploy 3G services
To realise Singapore’s aim of being the first hosting government that deploys 3G mobile phones at an IMF/World Bank event, Singtel will be providing about 465 3G mobile lines.
For the Organising Committee, Singtel will be supplying 875 hi!Cards and $245,000 worth of airtime.
Comprehensive services
Singtel will supply high-speed Internet access on the fixed-line network for the delegates.  In addition, 16 ISDN-30 (i.e. 30 voice channels) trunk circuits for the PABX system with 3,000 direct dialling numbers will also be provided for their communication needs.
Besides the delegates, Singtel will take care of the telecom requirements of the Singapore 2006 Organising Committee by providing high-speed local digital leased circuits and about 200 telephone lines for voice and fax.
Customised collaterals
Besides the comprehensive suite of telecom services, Singtel will also place umbrellas in specially arranged transportation for the participants.  Furthermore, Singtel will provide the delegates, press centre and temporary offices with 2,200 mouse pads.
Complementary service counters
To complement the telecom services, Singtel will operate counters to meet the needs of the delegates.  Besides communication services, there will be rental of equipment and phone/fax lines, as well as sale of items such as batteries and stationery. 
  1. ISDN or Integrated Services Digital Network is a type of circuit switched telephone network system.  It is designed to allow digital transmission of voice and data over ordinary telephone copper wires, resulting in better quality and higher speeds.
  2. PABX stands for Private Automatic Branch Exchange.  It is a telephone switching system that connects internal phone extensions to one another, as well as to the domestic telephone network.  For Singapore 2006, the digital PABX system will be provided by Alcatel.
About Singapore 2006: Global City. World of Opportunities.
Singapore will host the Annual Meetings of the Boards of Governors of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank Group in September 2006.  The Annual Meetings will be the largest international financial sector conference ever hosted by Singapore.
Along with the Annual Meetings, approximately over 200 meetings and seminars will also take place from September 13 to 20, 2006.  These include the G-7 Finance Ministers' Meeting, the Programme of Seminars, the Per Jacobsson Lecture and the Group of Thirty International Banking Seminar.  The Annual Meetings, together with the series of prominent international forums, meetings, seminars, events and the inaugural Singapore Biennale 2006 (a 2-month visual arts extravaganza from September 4 to November 12, 2006), are collectively known as Singapore 2006.
Singapore 2006 is a showcase of Singapore's collective capabilities and an expression of our aspirations for the future - a global city with a world of opportunities.  The series of events will highlight Singapore as a cosmopolitan society, and a dynamic, well-connected and entrepreneurial economy with tremendous opportunities in the financial, business, technology, social as well as arts and culture arenas.
Singapore 2006 is expected to attract more than 16,000 participants, including delegates from 184 countries such as heads of government, finance ministers and central bank governors, top financiers, international media, business leaders and other visitors.