IMDA allocates 4G spectrum to Singapore telcos

A total of 175MHz of spectrum was awarded to telcos M1, Singtel, StarHub and new telco TPG Telecom

The Info-communications Media Development Authority (IMDA) of Singapore has concluded the first stage of the General Spectrum Auction (GSA) on the amount of spectrum for the provision of high-speed mobile broadband services using technologies like 4G.

Singtel nets the highest amount of 75MHz of spectrum, followed by StarHub with 60MHz, M1 with 30MHz, and new telco TPG Telecom with 10MHz. Granted Singapore’s fourth telecom licence last year, TPG plans to start offering services in early 2018 and establish a mobile network with nationwide coverage by September the same year.

In the first stage of the GSA, a total of 175MHz of spectrum in the 700MHz, 900MHz and 2.5GHz spectrum bands, including spectrum to be re-framed from the provision of 2G services, was made available for allocation in the GSA. Singapore is shutting down its 2G network in stages, beginning April 1 this year.

The provision of new spectrum, according to the IMDA, will enable the telcos to roll out or enhance their mobile networks to meet the increasing demand for mobile data services.

Tan Kiat How, chief executive of IMDA, said: “The strong interest in the radio spectrum is testament to the mobile network operators’ confidence in the mobile market moving forward. Increasingly, high-speed mobile services will be critical in delivering the next-generation suite of digital services and products to realise Singapore’s digital future.

“Similar to past spectrum auction proceeds, IMDA plans to reinvest the monies received to help our infocomm media companies and workforce develop their capabilities, strengthen digital infrastructure, and readying themselves for the digital economy.”

The next stage of the GSA will determine the specific spectrum bands to be allocated to the telcos.


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