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Singapore - Broadband Market and Broadcasting Services


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Already boasting an elaborate internet network, with around 100% of internet households having broadband access, Singapore has certainly not allowed itself to become complacent. The island state remains keen to build on its excellent technology base. The government has continued to maintain a strong commitment to making broadband internet access widely available to the population and at the same time lifting the overall quality of the access. Apart from the excellent infrastructure available to support broadband services, the administration and the operators have put a major effort into expanding these services and increasing the ease of access, one such initiative being the Next Generation National Infocomm Infrastructure and the related Next Generation National Broadband Network.

For some years now Singapore’s TV broadcasting sector has been feeling the impact of convergence. The liberalisation of the media industry in Singapore was triggered a decade ago when the then Ministry of Information and the Arts announced that broadcasting operators could ‘look at’ the telecommunications sector and telecommunications companies could ‘look at’ the broadcasting sector. The regulatory regime was changed to facilitate this. Whilst the initial response was slow, over time there has been substantial development and the broadcasting sector has been given a fresh boost with the advent of new platforms such as internet protocol television.

Singapore - Broadband Market and Broadcasting Services reviews the state of Singapore’s broadband market and provides market statistics. In also looking at the broadcasting sector, the report presents the changes in the digital media market and the impact on the major players and customers.

Key developments:

SingTel, M1 and StarHub all launched LTE networks; the rollout of NGNBN continues; however, regulator intervenes in construction because of slow rate of rollout by OpenNet; delays in connecting customers to NGNBN continue to occur; increased activity in cloud computing segment as IDA starts promoting the technology.

Companies covered in this report include:

SingTel; StarHub, MobileOne (M1), OpenNet, Nucleus Connect, SP Telecom, Qmax Communications.


1. Synopsis
2. Broadband market
2.1 Overview
2.2 Background
2.3 Developments
2.3.1 Cloud computing
2.3.2 Energy rating of data centres
2.4 Broadband and internet statistics
2.5 Next Generation National Infocomm Infrastructure (Next Gen NII)
2.5.1 Background
2.5.2 Network company (NetCo)
2.5.3 Operating company (OpCo)
2.5.4 Rollout
2.5.5 Analysis – Singapore’s national broadband network
2.6 Broadband service providers
2.7 Broadband technologies
2.7.1 Cable modems
2.7.2 Digital subscriber line (DSL)
2.7.3 Powerline broadband
2.7.4 Fibre-to-the-home (FttH)
2.7.5 Wireless broadband
2.8 Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)
3. Broadcasting market
3.1 Overview
3.2 Regulatory environment
3.2.1 Singapore Broadcasting Authority (SBA)
3.2.2 Media Development Authority (MDA)
3.3 Regulatory developments
3.4 Convergence
3.5 Digital TV
3.5.1 Adoption of DVB standard
3.5.2 Transition to digital TV
3.6 Cable and pay TV
3.6.1 Market overview
3.6.2 SCV/StarHub merger
3.7 Satellite TV
3.8 Interactive TV (iTV)
3.9 Free-to-air (FTA) TV
3.9.1 Market overview
3.9.2 Media Corporation of Singapore (MediaCorp)
3.9.3 MediaWorks
3.9.4 Merging of MediaCorp and MediaWorks operations
3.10 Internet Protocol TV (IPTV)
3.10.1 SingNet’s mio TV
3.10.2 StarHub
4. Related reports
Table 1 – Broadband subscribers – 1999 - 2013
Table 2 – Overview of broadband/household subscribers – March 2013
Table 3 – Broadband subscribers by sector – March 2013
Table 4 – Broadband market share – by access type – March 2013
Table 5 – Overview of internet market – March 2013
Table 6 –Internet users – 1996 - 2013
Table 7 – Fixed internet subscribers – 1997 - 2013
Table 8 – Registered domain names – February 2012
Table 9 – Total international internet bandwidth – 2006 - 2013
Table 10 – Total optical fibre broadband subscribers – 2011 - 2013
Table 11 – Fixed broadband subscribers, annual change, market share by major providers – September 2012
Table 12 – Fixed broadband subscribers, annual change, market share by major providers – March 2013
Table 13 – Cable modem subscribers – 2000 - 2013
Table 14 – DSL subscribers – 2000 - 2013
Table 15 – Wireless broadband subscribers – 2007 - 2013
Table 16 – Key broadcasting statistics – 2011
Table 17 – Broadcasting – homes, subscribers and sector revenue – 1996 - 2011
Table 18 – Cable TV subscribers – transition from analogue to digital - 2002 - 2009
Table 19 – SingTel’s mio TV subscribers – 2007 - 2013
Chart 1 - Broadband market share by access type – 2012
Chart 2 – Fixed broadband subscribers – DSL and cable modem – 2001 - 2012
Chart 3 - Internet users and penetration 2005-2012
Chart 4 - Fixed broadband subscribers market share by major providers - September 2012
Chart 5 - Wireless broadband subscribers - 2007-2012
Exhibit 1 – Structure of National Broadband Network
Exhibit 2 – Licensed satellite broadcasters

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