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The country's telecoms regulator, the IMDA, has been proactive in encouraging new-age technologies and services through various initiatives. In May 2018, the regulator launched the Digital Economy Framework for Action to guide its industry development plans and regulatory approaches.


  • Deadlines for 700MHz rights holders to achieve national coverage of 4G were also extended 12 months to December 31, 2019.

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
  • Numbering policy
  • Data protection regulation

Universal service

  • Universal service provider
  • Universal service fund
  • Universal service obligation for broadband


  • Methodology
  • Authors