Singapore - Mobile Communications - Market Overview

The mobile market in Singapore is characterised by its energy and innovation. Even as growth rates slowed, there has been considerable effort still going into value-added products and services, and most importantly into new generation technologies. The market initially approached the launch of 3G with a degree of caution. As the licences were issued and the networks rolled out, some of the major operators and, to some extent, the government were circumspect about the prospect of next generation of mobiles. However, by 2012 3G subscriptions comprised three quarters of the total mobile subscriber base of almost eight million. Then with the arrival of 4G/LTE services and their rapid take up in 2013, the 3G numbers started a modest decline. By March 2015 the number of mobile subscribers had reached 8.0 million and an overall mobile penetration rate of 149%. And 4G already had a population penetration of 67% by mid-2015. Singapore had one of the lowest mobile prices in the world as a proportion of income, according to the ITU's ICT development index.

Key developments:

My Republic expects to deploy a nationwide mobile service by the end of September 2018.
SingTel Mobile began trialling Ericsson's advanced Radio Dot System'.
Ericsson began working with SingTel to trial LTE Broadcast.
SingTel became the first mobile operator in Singapore to offer its users tri-band 4G network services.
SingTel deployed tri-band LTE-A, delivering peak speeds of 337Mb/s.
M1 launched Singapore's first 2Gb/s to 10Gb/s Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON) service.
StarHub expanded its LTE-A network to 85% of Singapore.
Singapore's mobile operators are scheduled to switch off 2G services from April 2017.
SingTel plans to be one of the first mobile operators in the world to roll out 5G in 2020.

Companies mentioned in this report:

SingTel; StarHub, MobileOne (M1), NTT DoCoMo; Gemalto.

1. Synopsis
2. Singapore's mobile market
2.1 Overview
2.2 Major mobile operators
2.3 Market statistics
3. Mobile networks
3.1 GSM
3.2 Third generation (3G)
3.2.1 Overview
3.2.2 3G services and developments
3.2.3 3G auction 2010
3.2.4 3G service standards - 2012
3.2.5 High-speed downlink packet access (HSDPA)
3.3 Fourth generation (4G) / long-term evolution (LTE)
3.3.1 LTE trials
3.3.2 Planning for 4G licensing
3.3.3 Service launch and development
3.3.4 LTE-Advanced (LTE-A)
3.3.5 Voice over LTE (VoLTE)
3.3.6 HetNet Trials
3.3.7 Radio Dot System
3.3.8 Lampsite Trials
3.3.9 Fourth Mobile Operator
3.4 Fifth Generation (5G) R&D
4. Mobile voice services
4.1 Prepaid
4.2 International roaming
4.3 Satellite mobile
5. Mobile data services
5.1 Short messaging service (SMS)
5.2 Payment systems
6. Mobile content and applications
6.1 Background
6.2 Mobile TV
7. Related reports
List of Tables, Charts and Exhibits
Table 1 Singapore mobile operators, subscribers and annual change March 2015
Table 2 Singapore mobile operators by share of total mobile market March 2015
Table 3 Singapore estimated 3G mobile subscribers by operator August 2014
Table 4 Mobile subscribers 1997 - 2015
Table 5 Mobile subscribers - 2G and 3G, prepaid and postpaid July 2015
Table 6 3G mobile subscribers 2005 - 2015
Table 7 4G mobile subscribers 2015
Table 8 Mobile services revenue 1993 - 2013
Table 9 Fixed-line versus mobile subscriptions and teledensity July 2015
Table 10 Mobile broadband subscribers 2007 - 2013
Table 11 Overall mobile services ARPU 2002 - 2014
Table 12 - ARPU postpaid and prepaid by mobile operator March 2014
Table 13 - ARPU postpaid and prepaid by mobile operator March 2015
Table 14 Prepaid subscribers 1999 - 2015
Table 15 Prepaid vs postpaid share of 2G market 2007 - 2015
Table 16 Mobile subscribers prepaid and postpaid 2G, 3G and 4G July 2015
Table 17 Total SMS messages per month 2004 - 2015
Chart 1 - Singapore - mobile operators by share of mobile market March 2014
Chart 2 - Mobile subscribers - 2000-2014
Exhibit 1 Third Generation (3G) licensees, spectrum and vendors
Exhibit 2 Self-regulation of content

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