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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. By 2015 fibre-based services had become the focus of the providers.

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.

Key developments:

with over 11.7 million broadband services (fixed and mobile) the Singapore broadband market was still growing strongly in 2015;
Data and analytics start to play a critical role in Singapore's Smart Nation initiative;
the rollout of the NGNBN continues despite delays;
the number of fibre-based broadband services had grown rapidly in 2014 and into 2015;
both DSL and cable modem broadband were experiencing declining subscriber numbers;
increased activity in cloud computing segment driven local by data centre expansion;
Data and analytics start to play a critical role in Singapore's Smart Nation initiative;
StarHub launched an IPTV service in April 2015.

Companies mentioned in this report:

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


1. Synopsis
2. Broadband market
2.1 Overview
2.2 Background
2.3 Developments
2.3.1 Cloud Computing and Data Centre Services
2.3.2 Smart Nation initiative
2.3.3 Data Centre Providers
2.3.4 Energy rating of data centres
2.3.5 E-Government
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 and operations
2.5.5 NetLink Trust
2.5.6 Structure of 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
3.10.3 M1
4. Related reports
List of Tables, Charts and Exhibits
Table 1 Broadband subscribers 1999 - 2015
Table 2 Overview of broadband/household subscribers July 2015
Table 3 Broadband subscribers by sector July 2015
Table 4 Broadband market share by major access types July 2015
Table 5 Fixed broadband subscribers 2007 - 2015
Table 6 Overview of internet market July 2015
Table 7 Internet users 1996 - 2015
Table 8 Fixed internet subscribers 1997 - 2015
Table 9 Registered domain names October 2014
Table 10 Total international internet bandwidth 2006 - 2015
Table 11 Fixed broadband subscribers, annual change, market share by major providers March 2014
Table 12 Fixed broadband subscribers, annual change, market share by major providers March 2015
Table 13 Cable modem subscribers 2000 - 2015
Table 14 DSL subscribers 2000 - 2015
Table 15 Total optical fibre broadband subscribers 2011 - 2015
Table 16 Wireless broadband subscribers 2007 - 2015
Table 17 Key broadcasting statistics 2014
Table 18 Broadcasting homes, subscribers and sector revenue 1996 - 2015
Table 19 Historical - cable TV subscribers transition from analogue to digital - 2002 - 2009
Table 20 SingTel's mio TV subscribers 2007 - 2015
Chart 1 - Broadband market share by access type 2015
Chart 2 - Internet users and penetration - 2005-2015
Chart 3 - Fixed broadband subscribers market share by major providers March 2015
Chart 4 - Wireless broadband subscribers - 2007-2015
Exhibit 1 Structure of National Broadband Network
Exhibit 2 Licensed satellite broadcasters

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