Singapore has developed the status of a world leader in telecommunications through the building of a high quality and extremely progressive regulatory environment for the local telecommunications sector that has, in turn, generated a highly competitive market. Singapore has officially launched the new Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), the body that replaces the Info-communications Development Authority (IDA) and Media Development Authority (MDA). The government is seeking to adapt its regulatory structure to better address the rapidly-changing and increasingly converged telecoms and media sectors. Growth in number of fixed lines in Singapore has remained relatively over the period from 2012 to 2017. Growth in telecom services in Singapore is now dominated by the mobile segment. Penetration of fixed lines is expected to remain stable or drop slightly, in the period from 2018 to 2020. 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: 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. Singapore has been working to shape itself into what it says will be the world's first Smart Nation' where data and analytics play a critical role in its society and economy. Smart Nation is Singapore's vision to tap into the potential of technology to improve the lives of citizens, create greater opportunities for business, and build a more anticipatory government.
Singapore has officially launched the new Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA). Data and analytics start to play a critical role in Singapore's Smart Nation initiative; Singapore government agencies are engaged in a project to develop Virtual Singapore. Long Term Evolution (LTE) / 4G service offerings continue to expand rapidly.