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Singapore is one of the most advanced infocomm markets in the world. It has recently concluded a major spectrum auction and has strengthened its data protection regulation in the public sector.


  • In December 2016, the IMDA concluded its New Entrant Spectrum Auction, awarding TPG Telecom the new license after it made the winning bid of S$105m ($73.5m). Subsequently, a General Spectrum Auction offering at 700MHz, 900MHz, and 2.5GHz concluded in April 2017. All four mobile operators won additional spectrum.
  • The national data protection regime was strengthened with the passage of the Public Sector (Governance) Act in January 2018. The Act empowers the public service minister to issue directions to statutory agencies to comply with central policies, including data protection policies.
  • The IMDA’s powers to resolve disputes over building access for telecommunications were strengthened in November 2016 with the passage of legislation to clarify the regulator’s powers over building managers and forbid exclusive deals for building access.

Features and Benefits

  • Describes and analyzes the telecommunications regulatory framework in Singapore.
  • Summarizes recent regulatory initiatives in Singapore, particularly in spectrum management, data protection, and wholesale access.

Key questions answered

  • How much spectrum did Singapore allocate to 4G services in 2017, and how much did the operators pay?
  • How is Singapore strengthening its converged approach to the regulatory regime?

Table of contents


  • In brief
  • Ovum view

Regulatory framework

  • National regulatory authority
  • Key legislation and regulation
  • Current status of market analysis


  • Spectrum policy
  • Wireless licensing

Wholesale fixed regulation

  • Services subject to regulation
  • Voice interconnection
  • Wholesale access
  • Wholesale broadband services

Wholesale mobile regulation

  • Services subject to regulation
  • Mobile termination charges
  • Roaming obligations
  • MVNO access

Other services subject to regulation

  • The retail market
  • The regulation of bundles
  • Quality of service
  • Advertising of broadband speeds
  • Terminating and switching out of contracts
  • VoIP
  • Regulatory position on OTTs
  • Regulatory position on IoT/M2M
  • Fixed number portability
  • Mobile number portability
  • Numbering policy
  • Data protection regulation

Universal service

  • Universal service provider


  • Methodology
  • Author