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Singapore - Key Statistics, Telecommunications Market, Regulatory and Infrastructure Overview


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Singapore - Key Statistics, Telecommunications Market, Regulatory and Infrastructure Overview

Singapore continues to maintain a strong positive outlook in the country's telecommunications sector. The island state has built a competitive telecoms market over the past three decades, aided by its geographical disposition and its excellent infrastructure. It was one of the first countries in the world to have a fully digital telephone network. The World Economic Forum has described Singapore as Asia's most connected country', noting that it was leading the region in terms of ICT development. By 2012 mobile penetration had reached the 150% milestone, with 3G customers comprising three quarters of the total mobile subscriber base by then. In its efforts to maintain Singapore's status as an ICT market leader, the government launched its plan for a nationwide fibre-based broadband network known as the Next Generation Broadband Network (NGNBN).The roll out and deployment of this national network in line with the government's strategy is now well advanced. At the same time Singapore's mobile operators are already heavily committed to the Long Term Evolution (LTE) / 4G platform as the way to provide faster mobile broadband internet access. This report takes a general look at the growth of the telecom sector in Singapore and how it has been assisted in its development by the government's strong commitment to deregulation of the industry. The report also provides an overview of Singapore's domestic and international infrastructure.

Key developments:

Singapore's GDP real growth rate was 15% in 2010, by contrast it was down to around 1% in 2012; the IDA has set new quality standards for 3G services; a consultation process for a Do Not Call registry was launched by the IDA; IDA fined all three major mobile operators for falling short on coverage requirements for 3G; SingTel wins contracts awarded by IDA to accelerate adoption of cloud computing; IDA issues a consultation paper outlining its 4G/LTE plans; the operators launched 4G offerings and by mid-2013 there were 1.3 million 4G subscribers.

Companies covered in this report include:

SingTel; StarHub, MobileOne (M1), Telekom Malaysia (Axiata).


1. Synopsis
2. Key statistics
3. Country overview
3.1 Background
3.2 Economy
4. Telecommunications market
4.1 Overview of Singapore's telecom market
4.2 Intelligent Nation 2015 (iN2015)
4.3 Next Generation National Infocomm Infrastructure (Next Gen NII)
5. Regulatory environment
5.1 Regulatory authority
5.2 Regulatory developments
5.2.1 Services standards
5.2.2 Service contracts
5.2.3 SingTel fined for service disruptions
5.2.4 Changes to Telecom Competition Code
5.2.5 Consumer protection regulations
5.2.6 Online scams
5.2.7 Do-not-call register
6. Telecommunications infrastructure
6.1 National telecom network
6.1.1 Overview
6.1.2 Fixed-mobile convergence (FMC)
6.2 Next Generation National Infocomm Infrastructure (Next Gen NII)
6.3 International infrastructure
6.3.1 Submarine cable networks
6.3.2 Submarine cable systems under construction
6.3.3 Flag Telecom
6.3.4 Satellite networks
6.4 Infrastructure developments
6.4.1 International services
6.4.2 IP networks
7. Related reports
Table 1 Country statistics 2013
Table 2 Telephone network statistics June 2013
Table 3 Internet user statistics 2012
Table 4 Broadband statistics July 2013
Table 5 Mobile statistics July 2013
Table 6 National telecommunications authorities
Table 7 Singapore's GDP real growth rate 2006 - 2014
Table 8 Fixed-line versus mobile growth subscribers and penetration 1998 - 2013
Table 9 Fixed lines in service and penetration 1998 - 2013
Table 10 Overview of fixed-line subscribers June 2013
Chart 1 Fixed and mobile subscribers 2001 - 2013
Chart 2 - Fixed lines in service and penetration - 2000-2013
Exhibit 1 A snapshot of the Intelligent Nation 2015 (iN2015) project
Exhibit 2 Key regulatory and liberalisation developments 2000 - 2013
Exhibit 3 International submarine cable systems with landing points in Singapore 2013

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