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Singapore pulls the plug on universal STB project

The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) and Media Development Authority of Singapore (MDA) have abandoned plans to develop a universal set-top box capable of delivering discrete video services, due to unsatisfactory tender bids.

The two agencies launched a Request For Proposal (RFP) in September 2010 for the development and deployment on a nationwide basis of an open access video delivery platform and a common featured set-top box (CF STB) capable of supporting the provision of interactive video services from multiple retail service providers.

The project was intended to enable consumers to access their desired video content, applications and services on the TV, without being required to have multiple set-top boxes (STBs), and facilitating a more vibrant and competitive ecosystem for interactive multimedia, applications and services that would encourage the pervasive adoption of the platform.

The RFP received three bids from M1, SingNet and StarHub respectively, but after extensive clarifications with the three bidders and evaluation of the bid submissions received, the IDA and MDA have decided that none of the bids, as submitted, is likely to achieve the desired outcomes.

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