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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. The mix' of mobile services is rapidly changing, with 2G having almost disappeared, 3G numbers were already in decline as the newly launched Long Term Evolution (LTE) / 4G service offerings were expanding rapidly. 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 has effectively been completed and there is rapid take up of fibre-based services. 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:

The IDA began to develop the Smart Nation Platform (SNP) and initiatives that boost soft infrastructure.
Data and analytics start to play a critical role in Singapore's Smart Nation initiative;
IDA has provided about S$20 million worth of project opportunities for Singapore-based tech firms.
Singapore government agencies are engaged in a project to develop Virtual Singapore.
SingTel announced that it would roll out next generation Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON) technology on its FttH network.

Companies mentioned in this report:

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 The IDA's Smart Nation Platform'
5.2.1 Overview
5.2.2 Singapore's Safe City Test Bed initiative
5.2.3 Virtual Singapore
5.2.4 ICT Tenders Focusing on Digital Services
5.2.5 Infocomm Media 2025
5.2.6 Internet of Things (IOT)
5.3 Regulatory developments
5.3.1 Services standards
5.3.2 Service contracts
5.3.3 SingTel fined for service disruptions
5.3.4 Changes to Telecom Competition Code
5.3.5 Consumer protection regulations
5.3.6 Online scams
5.3.7 Do-not-call register
5.3.8 Cyber Security Agency (CSA)
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 New submarine cable systems
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
List of Tables, Charts and Exhibits
Table 1 Country statistics 2015
Table 2 Telephone network statistics June 2015
Table 3 Internet user statistics July 2015
Table 4 Broadband statistics July 2015
Table 5 Mobile statistics July 2015
Table 6 National telecommunications authorities
Table 7 Singapore's GDP real growth rate 2006 - 2016
Table 8 Fixed-line versus mobile growth subscribers and penetration 1998 - 2015
Table 9 Fixed lines in service and penetration 1998 - 2015
Table 10 Overview of fixed-line subscribers June 2015
Chart 1 Fixed and mobile subscribers 2005 2015
Chart 2 - Fixed lines in service and penetration - 2005-2015
Exhibit 1 A snapshot of the Intelligent Nation 2015 (iN2015) project
Exhibit 2 Key regulatory and liberalisation developments 2005 - 2014
Exhibit 3 International submarine cable systems with landing points in Singapore 2015

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