developed the status of a world leader in telecommunications through the
building of a high-quality network and an extremely progressive regulatory
environment for the local telecommunications sector.
The Next Generation
Broadband Network (NGNBN) roll out and deployment in Singapore has effectively
been completed and there continues to be a rapid take-up of fibre-based
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
nation projects now include smart sensor networks for water and air, smart
logistics that enable interoperability standards throughout the supply chain,
and smart sensors in the homes of the elderly or chronically ill.
developed to become a regional data centre hub for large enterprises across a
range of industries. The diversity and number of local and international cloud
providers entering Singapore data centres have significantly increased over the
last three to five years.
Singtel launched its
FutureNow Innovation Centre (FIC) to help enterprises accelerate their digital
transformation. The FIC is a key innovation platform, designed to support the
Government's Industry Transformation Maps (ITMs) focusing on Singapore's six
key industry clusters.
market has displayed slow growth over the last few years due to a highly mature
market. Singapore's mobile market remains highly competitive and operators have
moved to a customer satisfaction and retention phase by offering value-added
services as the market has matured. However, very slow growth is also predicted
over the next five years to 2024, as there is little room for further growth in
a highly saturated market.
financial performance was one its weakest for more than a decade. It highlights
the challenges faced by Southeast Asia's largest telecoms carrier as rival
providers expand in a highly competitive industry.
launched it's Next Generation National Broadband Network (NGNBN) over a decade
ago and the rollout is now essentially complete. It's based on a combination of
fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) and wireless networks. The NGNBN has continued to form
the basis of the government's broadband strategy and implementation.
Singtel completed the
migration of its cable to fibre-based networks for consumers in 2018. StarHub
plans to shut off its cable services by 2019.
Slow growth in the
fixed broadband market is predicted over the next five years in a mature and
saturated market. Optical fibre broadband also has seen strong growth as
customers migrate to the NGNBN's fibre network. xDSL, on the other hand, has
seen a decrease in usage and cable modem broadband also has been experiencing
declining subscriber numbers.
Competition is now
heating up in Singapore's mobile market with a fourth provider Australian telco
TPG Telecom launching mobile services. By mid-2019. TPG had significantly
expanded its free mobile service trial. TPG Telecom won the right to become the
city-state's fourth mobile network operator (MNO). However, MyRepublic has
launched its mobile services via an MNVO arrangement in partnership with mobile
This is likely to see
increased pressure on SingTel, Starhub and M1, potentially triggering another
price war which is likely to lower ARPUs over the next few years. Over the past
few years, price wars had broken out in the Singapore mobile data market
indicating the heightened market competition that is now evident in a highly
Singapore saw strong
growth in mobile broadband penetration for the past five years, however, since
then, growth has been slow due to a mature and saturated mobile market. The
mobile broadband market will be driven by increasingly faster speeds offered by
the mobile operators as they roll out their 4G and 5G networks and improving
tariffs due to strong competition.
The IMDA is backing
the deployment of standalone 5G networks which will be capable of delivering a
full suite of enterprise 5G capabilities, including network slicing and low
latency connections for Internet of Things (IoT) applications.
The telecommunication infrastructure
of Singapore spans the entire city-state. Its development level
is high, with close accessibility to the infrastructure from nearly all
inhabited parts of the island and for all of the population, with exceptions.
Today, the country is considered an international telecommunications hub, an
achievement that was driven by Singapore's view that high-quality
telecommunications is one of the critical factors that support its economic