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Singapore - Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses


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Singapore - Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses

The mobile market in Singapore is characterised by its energy and innovation. A competitive mobile market in Singapore has been built up over time. Singapore Telecom (SingTel) was the only mobile operator in the country until 1997 M1 launched its mobile network in that year. Then StarHub became the third operator in 2000 with the launch of its network. A fourth operator MyRepublic is also vying for entry into the market. It expects to deploy a nationwide mobile service by the end of September 2018.

Singapore's mobile market has displayed slow growth over the last few years due to a highly mature market with penetration now reaching 149% as significant proportion of subscribers now own more than one mobile device. 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 mix' of mobile services is rapidly changing, with 2G having almost disappeared, 3G numbers are declining and Long Term Evolution (LTE) / 4G service offerings continue to expand rapidly.

In 2016 a price war has broken out in the Singapore mobile data market. It is the first time in four years that local mobile operators have engaged in such aggressive pricing strategies indicating the heightened market competition that is now evident in a highly mature market.

Operators have moved away from the customer acquisition phase to more of a customer satisfaction and retention phase as the market has matured. Higher penetration rates are possible as subscribers increasingly have multiple devices connected to the network for diverse applications that are geared to data services. However the market over the next five years to 2021 is unlikely to grow much further.

Key developments:

SingTel announced plans to deploy a nationwide LTE network in the 900MHz band in cooperation with Ericsson.
In 2016 StarHub is launching 4G heterogeneous network infrastructure (HetNet)
My Republic expects to deploy a nationwide mobile service by the end of September 2018.
SingTel became the first mobile operator in Singapore to offer its users tri-band 4G network services.
M1 launched Singapore's first 2Gb/s to 10Gb/s Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON) service.
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)


1. Synopsis
2. Market Overview and analysis
3. Mobile statistics
3.1 General statistics
3.2 Mobile data
3.2.1 SMS and MMS
3.3 Forecasts mobile subscribers 2016; 2018; 2021
3.3.1 Notes on scenario forecasts
4. Mobile infrastructure
4.1 Brief intro analogue networks
4.2 Digital networks
4.2.1 GSM
4.2.2 3G
4.2.3 4G
4.2.4 5G
4.2.5 VoLTE
4.2.6 Satellite mobile
5. Major mobile operators
5.1 Overview operating statistics
5.2 Singapore Telecom (SingTel)
5.2.1 Overview
5.2.2 Corporate structure and subsidiaries
5.2.3 Statistics
5.2.4 3G Service
5.2.5 4G / Long-Term Evolution (LTE)
5.2.6 Development of products and services
5.3 StarHub
5.3.1 Overview
5.3.2 Financials
5.3.3 Operational statistics
5.3.4 Network developments
5.3.5 Fourth Generation (4G) / Long Term Evolution (LTE)
5.3.6 Fifth Generation (5G) Trials
5.4 MobileOne (M1)
5.4.1 Overview
5.4.2 Recent Developments
5.4.3 Operating statistics
5.4.4 Financials
5.4.5 Network development
5.5 MyRepublic - Potential Fourth Mobile Operator
6. Related reports
Table 1 Mobile subscribers 1997 - 2016
Table 2 Mobile subscribers Total prepaid and postpaid 2015 - 2016
Table 3 Mobile Subscribers by 2G, 3G, 4G 2012 - 2016
Table 4 3G mobile subscribers 2005 - 2016
Table 5 4G mobile subscribers 2016
Table 6 Prepaid subscribers 1999 - 2016
Table 7 Overall mobile services ARPU 2002 - 2015
Table 8 - ARPU postpaid and prepaid by mobile operator 2014 - 2016
Table 9 - ARPU postpaid and prepaid by mobile operator March 2015
Table 10 Total SMS messages per month 2004 - 2016
Table 11 Forecast mobile subscribers and penetration 2016; 2018; 2021
Table 12 Singapore mobile operators and systems
Table 13 Mobile Subscribers by Operator 2000 - 2016
Table 14 Mobile Subscriber Market Share by Operator 2000 - 2016
Table 15 SingTel Singapore market Key Financial Statistics 2014 - 2016
Table 16 SingTel Singapore market key operational subscriber statistics 2013 - 2016
Table 17 SingTel - mobile subscribers 1998 - 2016
Table 18 SingTel Historical - 3G mobile subscribers 2006 - 2013
Table 19 SingTel - 4G mobile subscribers 2013 - 2015
Table 20 SingTel key operational statistics ,mobile postpaid & prepaid subscribers 2015 - 2016
Table 21 SingTel ARPU for mobile services postpaid, prepaid, blended 2003 - 2016
Table 22 StarHub Key Financial Statistics 2014 - 2016
Table 23 StarHub Historical - operating revenue and capital expenditure 2008 - 2014
Table 24 StarHub Operating revenue by market segment 2014 - 2015
Table 25 StarHub key operational statistics subscribers (millions) 2012 2016
Table 26 StarHub mobile subscribers 2000 - 2016
Table 27 StarHub - key operational statistics mobile postpaid and prepaid 2015 2016
Table 28 StarHub ARPU for mobile services postpaid and prepaid 2003 - 2016
Table 29 MobileOne - mobile subscribers 1998 - 2016
Table 30 Historical - MobileOne 3G subscribers 2006 - 2013
Table 31 Mobile One mobile subscribers, prepaid, postpaid 2015 - 2016
Table 32 MobileOne ARPU for mobile services postpaid and prepaid 2002 - 2016
Table 33 Mobile One operating revenue, capital expenditure and EBITDA 2008 - 2015
Exhibit 1 Third Generation (3G) licensees, spectrum and vendors
Exhibit 2 SingTel's regional subsidiaries and shareholdings
Exhibit 3 Major shareholders in StarHub 2014

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