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2006 Asia - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband in Brunei Darussalam, Singapore


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This report provides a comprehensive overview of the trends and developments in telecommunications, broadcasting and pay TV markets in Brunei Darussalam and Singapore. Subjects covered include:

  • Key Statistics
  • Market and Industry Overviews
  • Regulatory Environment
  • Major Players (fixed and mobile)
  • Infrastructure
  • Mobile Voice and Data Markets
  • Internet, VoIP, IPTV
  • Broadband (FttH, DSL, cable TV, wireless)
  • Convergence and Digital Media


Brunei, as small wealthy nation in South East Asia, made early moves to ensure that it was delivering up to date telecommunications services to its population. The target of 100% digitalisation was achieved in 1995. Telecommunications throughout Brunei are of a high standard and the country ranks well in Asia in terms of penetration and infrastructure. Brunei’s mobile penetration, which stood at a reasonably healthy 32% by end-2001, continued to grow strongly and had hit 90% by early 2006. With some encouragement from the government, it is not surprising then that the citizens of Brunei are strong consumers of telecommunications services. Despite this, if the country is to continue to maintain the pace required to be globally competitive, it must further restructure and generally liberalise the local telecom industry. For the moment things appear to have seriously stalled. Much more is required in the area of sector reform. The local market continues to be dominated by Jabatan Telekom Brunei (JTB), the incumbent telco that is still a division within the Ministry of Communications.

Singapore continues to maintain its status as a world leader in telecommunications and certainly has a positive outlook for its local telecommunications sector. The country has built a high quality and extremely progressive regulatory telecommunications environment that has, in turn, generated a highly competitive market. All restrictions on direct and indirect foreign ownership within the country’s telecom sector have been lifted. I such a progressive market, over 98% of homes have fixed-line telephone connections and about 20% of the population have two telephones at home. It was one of the first countries in the world to have a fully digital telephone network.

Although incumbent Singapore Telecommunications (SingTel) continues to play a major role in the Singapore telecom sector, liberalisation has seen a host of new operators entering the market, helping exploit the competitive situation. In fact, in the lead up to liberalisation, the government had issued five facilities-based and 29 service-based licences. Interestingly, with strong competition in its domestic market, SingTel took the decision to expand offshore and has now successfully established a considerable presence in regional markets, including the ownership of Optus, the second ranked mobile operator in Australia.

Singapore was the first country in the world to deploy Asymmetrical Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL) commercially when SingTel launched its service in November 1997. It came as some surprise, therefore, when Singapore initially moved slowly on the large-scale adoption of broadband Internet access. Following a major effort to expand its broadband services, however, the country is now a serious player, with more than 65% of Internet households having broadband access by early 2006. It is well positioned for the development and adoption of a full range of triple play and Next Generation (NGN) services.

1. BRUNEI DARUSSALAM
1.1 Key statistics
1.2 Telecommunications market
1.2.1 Overview of Brunei Darussalam’s telecom market
1.3 Regulatory environment
1.3.1 Regulatory authority
1.3.2 Liberalisation
1.3.3 Privatisation
1.4 Fixed network operators in Brunei
1.4.1 Jabatan Telekom Brunei (JTB)
1.4.1.1 Services
1.4.2 DST Group
1.5 Telecommunications infrastructure
1.5.1 National
1.5.1.1 Telecommunications development project
1.5.1.2 Public payphones
1.5.1.3 GSM payphones
1.5.1.4 Brunei Information Infrastructure
1.5.1.5 Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)
1.5.1.6 Next Generation Networks (NGN)
1.5.2 International
1.5.2.1 Trans-Borneo Optical Cable Network
1.5.2.2 Submarine cable networks
1.5.2.3 Satellite networks
1.6 Internet market
1.6.1 Market overview
1.6.2 Content and e-services
1.6.2.1 E-commerce
1.7 Mobile communications
1.7.1 Overview of Brunei Darussalam’s mobile market
1.7.1.1 DSTCom
1.7.2 Satellite mobile
1.8 Broadcasting market
1.8.1 Broadcasting Act
1.8.2 Radio Television Brunei
1.8.3 Kristal TV
1.8.4 Satellite TV
2. SINGAPORE
2.1 Key statistics
2.2 Telecommunications market
2.2.1 Overview of Singaore’s telecom market
2.2.2 Market liberalisation
2.2.2.1 Licence awards
2.3 Regulatory environment
2.3.1 Regulatory authorities
2.3.1.1 Telecommunications Authority of Singapore (TAS)
2.3.1.2 Infocomm Development Authority (IDA)
2.3.2 Liberalisation licensing framework
2.3.3 Ending of SingTel monopoly
2.3.4 Competition
2.3.5 Numbering regulations
2.3.6 Local Leased Circuit (LLC)
2.4 Fixed network operators in Singapore
2.4.1 Singapore Telecom
2.4.2 StarHub Pte Ltd
2.4.3 Other players
2.4.3.1 FLAG Telecom Singapore
2.4.3.2 Pacific Internet Ltd
2.4.3.3 Singapore Cable Vision (SCV)
2.4.3.4 ST Telemedia
2.4.3.5 Virgin Mobile
2.4.3.6 WorldCom Singapore
2.4.3.7 REACH
2.5 Telecommunications infrastructure
2.5.1 National telecom network
2.5.1.1 Overview
2.5.1.1.1 Introduction of 8-digit fixed-line numbering format
2.5.1.2 StarHub’s network
2.5.2 International infrastructure
2.5.2.1 Submarine cable networks
2.5.2.1.1 C2C
2.5.2.1.2 Network i2i
2.5.2.1.3 StarHub Crossing
2.5.2.1.4 Global Crossing
2.5.2.1.5 Tata Indicom India-Singapore
2.5.2.1.6 SEA-ME-WE 4
2.5.2.1.7 Proposed cable networks
2.5.2.2 China-Southeast Asia Cable
2.5.2.3 Satellite communications
2.5.3 Infrastructure developments
2.5.3.1 International services
2.5.3.1.1 International billing
2.5.3.2 Next Generation National Infocomm Infrastructure (Next Gen NII)
2.5.3.3 Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)
2.5.3.3.1 MediaRing Ltd
2.5.3.4 Internet Protocol (IP) networks
2.5.3.4.1 SingTel
2.5.3.4.2 StarHub
2.5.3.4.3 Infonet
2.6 Broadband market
2.6.1 Market overview
2.6.2 Broadband Multimedia Network - Singapore One
2.6.2.1 Project overview
2.6.2.2 1-Net
2.6.2.3 Meg@POP
2.6.2.4 Next Generation National Infocomm Infrastructure (Next Gen NII)
2.6.3 Broadband service providers
2.6.4 Cable modems
2.6.5 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL)
2.6.6 B-ISDN
2.6.7 Powerline broadband
2.6.8 Internet via satellite
2.6.9 IP-VPN networks
2.6.10 Wireless broadband
2.6.10.1 Allocation of wireless broadband spectrum
2.6.10.2 Local Multipoint Distribution Service (LMDS)
2.6.10.3 WiFi
2.6.11 Content and e-services
2.6.11.1 E-commerce
2.6.11.1.1 E-commerce revenues
2.6.11.1.2 E-cheques and CashCard payphones
2.6.11.2 E-government
2.6.11.3 E-Citizen
2.6.11.4 E-portals
2.7 Internet market
2.7.1 Market overview
2.7.2 Singapore Network Information Centre (SGNIC)
2.7.3 Regulatory environment
2.7.4 International Internet infrastructure
2.7.5 Internet data centres
2.7.6 Internet security
2.7.7 Internet access locations
2.7.8 Web service development
2.7.9 International Internet Exchange
2.7.9.1 Internet Exchange Service Providers
2.7.10 ISP market
2.7.10.1 Overview of selected ISPs
2.7.10.1.1 SingTel (SingNet)
2.7.10.1.2 Pacific Internet
2.7.10.1.3 StarHub Internet
2.7.10.1.4 DataOne
2.7.10.1.5 UUNet Singapore
2.7.10.1.6 Cable & Wireless Network Services
2.8 Convergence
2.8.1 Overview of media convergence
2.8.2 Regulatory environment
2.8.2.1 Overview
2.8.2.1.1 Singapore Broadcasting Authority (SBA)
2.8.2.1.2 Media Development Authority (MDA)
2.8.3 Free-to-air TV
2.8.3.1 Market overview
2.8.3.2 Media Corporation of Singapore
2.8.3.3 MediaWorks
2.8.4 Digital TV
2.8.4.1 Planned introduction of DTV
2.8.4.2 Adoption of DVB standard
2.8.4.3 Digital terrestrial TV
2.8.4.4 Cable and pay TV
2.8.4.4.1 Market overview
2.8.4.4.2 SCV/StarHub Cable TV
2.8.4.5 Satellite TV
2.8.4.5.1 Overview
2.8.4.5.2 Broadband multimedia satellite
2.8.4.6 Interactive TV
2.8.4.6.1 iTV players
2.8.4.7 Internet TV
2.8.4.7.1 SingTel’s iTV trial
2.8.4.7.2 Internet TV trial
2.8.4.7.3 Video-on-Demand (VoD)
2.9 Data market
2.9.1 National
2.9.1.1 Broadband network - Singapore One
2.9.1.2 Singapore Telecom Enterprise Messaging Services (SingTel-EMS)
2.9.1.3 Electronic Data Interchange (EDI)
2.9.1.4 ISDN
2.9.1.5 ATM and frame relay
2.9.1.6 VANs
2.9.1.7 IP-VPNs
2.9.1.8 Data centres
2.9.1.9 Leased lines
2.9.2 International
2.9.2.1 International ISDN
2.9.2.2 Global Intelligent Virtual Network
2.9.2.3 Global Advanced Telecommunications Services
2.9.2.4 Inmarsat-GAN
2.9.2.5 Regional hosting services
2.9.2.6 SingTel/OTEGlobe alliance
2.10 Mobile communications
2.10.1 Overview of Singapores mobile market
2.10.1.1 Market statistics
2.10.2 Regulatory issues
2.10.2.1 Additional spectrum auction
2.10.2.2 Tariffs
2.10.2.3 Mobile billing systems
2.10.2.4 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
2.10.2.5 Registration of prepaid services
2.10.3 Mobile technologies
2.10.3.1 GSM
2.10.3.2 CDMA
2.10.3.3 Wired with Wireless Program
2.10.3.4 Third Generation (3G) mobile
2.10.4 Major mobile operators
2.10.4.1 SingTel Mobile
2.10.4.2 MobileOne
2.10.4.3 StarHub
2.10.4.4 Virgin Mobile
2.10.4.5 DNA Communications
2.10.4.6 PLDT / MobileOne
2.10.5 Mobile voice services
2.10.5.1 Prepaid
2.10.5.2 Satellite mobile
2.10.5.2.1 Asia Pacific Mobile Telecommunications (APMT)
2.10.5.2.2 Global positioning system
2.10.5.2.3 International roaming
2.10.6 Mobile data services
2.10.6.1 Short Messaging Service (SMS)
2.10.6.2 Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
2.10.6.3 Wireless Application Protocol (WAP)
2.10.6.4 General Packet Radio Service (GPRS)
2.10.6.5 Location-based services
2.10.6.6 i-Mode
2.10.6.7 Other developments
2.10.7 Mobile content
3. GLOSSARY OF ABBREVIATIONS


LIST OF TABLES


Table 1 - Country statistics Brunei Darussalam - 2005
Table 2 - Telephone network statistics - 2005
Table 3 - Internet provider statistics - 2005
Table 4 - Internet user statistics - 2005
Table 5 - Mobile statistics - 2005
Table 6 - National telecommunications authorities
Table 7 - Fixed lines in service - 1990 - 2005
Table 8 - Internet user growth - 1996 - 2005
Table 9 - Internet host computers - 1996 - 2005
Table 10 - Internet subscriber growth - 1997 - 2005
Table 11 - Mobile subscriber growth - 1995 - 2006
Table 12 - Mobile subscribers and annual change by operator - 2005
Table 13 - Prepaid mobile subscribers - 1999 - 2005
Table 14 - Key broadcasting statistics − 2005
Table 15 - Country statistics Singapore - 2006
Table 16 - Telephone network statistics - March 2006
Table 17 - Internet provider statistics - 2005
Table 18 - Internet user statistics - March 2006
Table 19 - Broadband statistics - March 2006
Table 20 - Mobile statistics - March 2006
Table 21 - National telecommunications authorities
Table 22 - Fixed-line v. mobile growth - subscribers and penetration - 1998 - 2006
Table 23 − Fixed lines in service − 1998 - 2006
Table 24 - SingTel’s direct exchange lines - 1995 - 2005
Table 25 - Broadband subscriber growth - 1999 - 2006
Table 26 - Broadband subscribers and households − March Table 2006
Table 27 - Overview of broadband access in Singapore − March 2006
Table 28 - Broadband subscribers - major providers - March 2005
Table 29 - Cable modem subscribers - 2000 - 2006
Table 30 - DSL subscribers - 2000 - 2006
Table 31 - E-commerce revenues (S$ billion) − 1999 - 2004
Table 32 - Overview of Internet market - March 2006
Table 33 - Internet users - 1996 - 2006
Table 34 - Internet host computers - 1996 - 2005
Table 35 - Registered domain names - May 2006
Table 36 - Key broadcasting statistics − 2005
Table 37 - Broadcasting sector growth - 1996 - 2005
Table 38 - Cable TV subscribers - 2002 - 2005
Table 39 - SCV/StarHub Cable TV subscribers - 1996 - 2006
Table 40 - Fixed-line versus mobile subscriptions and teledensity - March 2006
Table 41 - Mobile market statistics - March 2006
Table 42 - Mobile subscriber growth - 1996 - 2006
Table 43 - Mobile services revenue - 1993 - 2005
Table 44 - 3G mobile subscribers by operator - 2005
Table 45 - Mobile subscribers by operator / system and annual growth - 2005
Table 46 - Mobile operator by market share - 2005
Table 47 - SingTel mobile subscribers - 1998 - 2005
Table 48 - MobileOne subscribers - 1998 - 2005
Table 49 - StarHub mobile subscribers - 2000 - 2005
Table 50 - Prepaid subscribers - 1999 - 2006


LIST OF EXHIBITS


Exhibit 1 - Key liberalisation moves - 1997 - 2006
Exhibit 2 - Licensed satellite broadcasters
Exhibit 3 - Third Generation licensees

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