Singapore - Broadband Market and Broadcasting Services
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.
This report 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.
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; the number of fibre-based broadband services was growing rapidly into 2013; increased activity in cloud computing segment as IDA starts promoting the technology.