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Singapore, 17 June 2013 | For Immediate Release

Launch of Public Consultation on TV White Space (TVWS)


The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) today announced the start of a public consultation on the use of TV White Space (TVWS) technology in Singapore. This consultation marks another step in IDA’s effort to leverage technology advancement to help Singapore develop as the first hyperconnected smart nation.

As demand for mobile communication increases, the availability of radio-frequency spectrum plays an important role in meeting this demand. One innovative technology that further optimises the use of spectrum resource is the TVWS technology, which is developed to enable opportunistic use of under-utilised spectrum within the TV broadcast spectrum channels in a cost-effective manner.

Radio frequencies in the TVWS spectrum bands offer good propagation characteristics that allow wide area outdoor wireless coverage, better building penetration and potential for high-speed connectivity. The range of potential applications that could ride on TVWS technology include the provision of wireless broadband Internet access services, machine-to-machine connectivity, smart metering and outdoor environment or security monitoring networks.

Singapore is one of the few countries in the world, alongside countries like US and UK, at the forefront of exploring the feasibility of such innovative use of spectrum resources. The launch of the public consultation on the proposed regulatory framework on TVWS signals IDA’s commitment in facilitating the deployment of TVWS technology in Singapore. The consultation discusses issues such as licensing mechanism for TVWS devices, TVWS spectrum bands and access mechanism, device co-existence criteria and parameters, and management of geo-location databases. The public consultation will enable IDA to understand the industry’s needs and refine the regulatory framework to ensure that it is in line with international best practices and contextualised to the needs of Singapore’s market and business environment.

Mr Leong Keng Thai, Director-General (Telecoms and Post) of IDA said, “IDA adopts a facilitative approach to encouraging the introduction of new technologies. IDA’s TVWS technical and commercial trial frameworks initiated since 2010 have facilitated the piloting of innovative TVWS applications in Singapore and validating the feasibility of using TVWS technology in Singapore. These trials and pilot projects have contributed to the development of the proposed regulatory framework IDA is issuing today for consultation.”

Mr Leong added, “This public consultation is important for us to better understand the market demand for TVWS technology and applications, industry’s needs and technology challenges, which will enable IDA to develop a regulatory framework that would facilitate the introduction of an innovative technology that would achieve greater spectrum optimisation and the bringing about more innovative solutions and applications for consumers and business users.”

IDA invites interested parties to submit their comments on the proposed TVWS regulatory framework. For more information, please refer to http://www.ida.gov.sg/Policies-and-Regulations/Consultation-Papers-and-Decisions/Open-For-Public-Comments.

ISSUED BY CORPORATE AND MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS DIVISION INFOCOMM DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY OF SINGAPORE
Related Resources:

Factsheet: TV White Space Technology

About Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore

The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) is committed to growing Singapore into a dynamic global infocomm hub. IDA uses an integrated approach to developing infocommunications in Singapore. This involves nurturing a competitive telecommunications market as well as a conducive business environment with programmes and schemes for both local and international companies. For more news and information, visit www.ida.gov.sg.

For media clarification, please contact: Adrian CHAN (Mr)
Manager
Corporate and Marketing Communications Division, IDA
Email: adrian_km_chan@ida.gov.sg

Melanie KOH (Ms)
Manager
Corporate and Marketing Communications Division, IDA
Email: melanie_koh@ida.gov.sg

Angie LOW (Ms)
Senior Manager
Corporate and Marketing Communications Division, IDA
Email: angie_low@ida.gov.sg

For queries on the TVWS public consultation, please contact: Henry FOO (Mr)
Manager, Resource Management and Standards
Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore
Email: henry_foo@ida.gov.sg

Michelle HO (Ms)
Manager, Resource Management and Standards
Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore
Email: michelle_xm_ho@ida.gov.sg
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Singapore, 17 April 2013 | For Immediate Release

Code of Practice for Info-communication Facilities in Buildings (COPIF)Revised to Meet Future Communication Needs


The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore today announced the changes to the Code of Practice for Info-communication Facilities in Buildings (COPIF).

An important change to the COPIF is the pre-wiring of homes with optical fibre. Following the deployment of the Next Gen NBN to over 95% of households in June 2012, homeowners can subscribe to fibre broadband services when they move into their new homes. To facilitate the ease of access for new homes, COPIF 2013 will require an optical fibre termination point to be pre-installed in each new home. In addition, each living room and bedroom within these new homes will be provided with Category 6 cabling capable of carrying data speeds of more than 1 Gbps.

Another key change calls for the provision of rent-free Mobile Deployment Space (MDS), where developers and owners of buildings and developments will be required to provide space for the deployment of infrastructure for enhanced mobile coverage in both existing and new developments. The MDS requirements will vary, depending on the size of the developments, or the mobile coverage area of the developments. It will also be over and above other space requirements currently specified in COPIF for telecommunication operators. Mobile operators will in turn be expected to invest significantly in deploying more equipment to enhance coverage and provide a better quality of service for the buildings and its surroundings.

Some flexibility may be accorded to developers and owners of buildings and developments in meeting the MDS requirements (e.g. the MDS need not be a single contiguous space, and the MDS may be sited in varied locations such as roof-tops or car parks). Moreover, developers and owners of buildings and developments will only need to provide the MDS upon request from the mobile operators, as the provision of the space may not be necessary in cases where there is already adequate mobile coverage within the developments.

A key clarification made in COPIF 2013 is the use of space and facilities to serve beyond the boundaries of a development, a scenario provided for in the Telecommunications Act today. The space and facilities provided by the developer or owner of a building/development under COPIF 2013 are primarily intended for telecommunication licensees to deploy installation, plant and systems to serve the telecommunication needs of the development itself. However, there may be circumstances where it will be reasonable for a telecommunication licensee that is providing telecommunication services to a development, to use that development’s space and facilities to extend telecommunication services to other nearby developments. There will be mutual benefits and network efficiency on the whole with such arrangements, resulting in more competitive and faster deployment of telecommunication services to end users. COPIF 2013 thus sets out the process and broad principles IDA will apply in allowing the use of such space and facilities to extend telecommunication services to other nearby developments. The key considerations will be whether the request for use is reasonable and whether the developer or owner concerned is made worse off.

Mr Leong Keng Thai, IDA Deputy Chief Executive and Director-General (Telecoms and Post), said, “The changes in this COPIF are to ensure that homes are built for future infocomm needs brought about by developments such as the nationwide deployment of the Next Gen NBN, the increasing mobile penetration rate, and the increasing pervasiveness of smartphones, and other mobile broadband-enabled devices. These changes will benefit consumers and improve their mobile and broadband experiences.

The new amendments will take effect from 1 May 2013.

The COPIF was introduced in 2000 to ensure that developers and/or owners of buildings and developments provide adequate space and facilities for the deployment and operation of installation, plant and systems which are used for providing info-communication services to the buildings. The COPIF also specifies the duties to be observed by developers and/or owners of buildings and developments, and telecommunication licensees in relation to the provision, maintenance and utilisation of the relevant space and facilities provided, as required under COPIF.

ISSUED BY CORPORATE & MARKETING COMMUNICATION DIVISION INFOCOMM DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY OF SINGAPORE

About Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore

The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) is committed to growing Singapore into a dynamic global infocomm hub. IDA uses an integrated approach to developing infocommunications in Singapore. This involves nurturing a competitive telecommunications market as well as a conducive business environment with programmes and schemes for both local and international companies. For more news and information, visit www.ida.gov.sg.

For media clarification, please contact:

Adrian CHAN (Mr)
Manager, Corporate and Marketing Communication
Email: adrian_km_chan@ida.gov.sg

Melanie KOH (Ms)
Manager
Corporate and Marketing Communications Division, IDA
Email: melanie_koh@ida.gov.sg
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Southeast Asia‘s mobile phones market grew by 24 percent in volume over the last 12 months: GfK Asia


Indonesia is largest market selling over 54 million mobile phones

Singapore, 17 September 2012 – High consumer demand for smartphones and basic feature phones in Southeast Asia’s fast developing markets continue to drive buoyant performances in the mobile phone sector. In the last twelve month, sales of over 118 million units across the seven key markets in the region—Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia and the Philippines brought the total worth of the mobile phone sector to more almost USD13.7 billion, according to the latest results from GfK Asia.

Insights from the leading global market research company revealed that consumers in this region bought additional 10 million units of feature phones—12 percent more than a year ago. However, it is the intensifying popularity of smartphones that is accounting for the larger proportion of the total mobile phone market worth. GfK findings point to a greatly increased smartphone consumer purchase rate by 78 percent across the seven countries to now account for over 61 percent of the sector’s overall value in Southeast Asia.

“Feature phones still reign as the more prevalent mobile phone type used by consumers in the region’s emerging markets,” observed Mr. Gerard Tan, Account Director for Digital Technology. “However, smartphones adoption is escalating at a rapid pace with individual country’s growth rates reported in the range of 42 to 326 percent.”

The world’s fourth most populous nation of Indonesia is not surprisingly the region’s largest smartphone market. Its combined feature phone and smartphone volume sales grew by 26 percent in total, with individual segments reflecting concurrent growth of 19 and 56 percent respectively. Although nearly four in every five mobile phones (78%) sold in the country are still feature phones due to their greater affordability, increasing number of consumers here are embracing smartphones which registered soaring sales of 4.5 million units over the previous year.

Philippines continue to report exponential three-fold growth of 326 percent in smartphone volume sales, rendering it the fastest growing market for smartphones in Southeast region. It is also the country with the highest jump in smartphone market share within a year, from 9 to 24 percent.

“Unlike the more developed countries like Singapore and Malaysia, smartphone sales penetration levels in some of the less developed markets such as Thailand and Vietnam are still relatively low at 19 and 11 percent respectively, leaving a significant portion of the population still available for potential growth,” noted Mr. Tan.

Consumers in Southeast Asia spent some USD 8.75 billion on almost 29 million smartphones within the last 12 months, translating to 61 and 78 percent growth in volume and value. Findings showed that smartphone growth in the region is driven primarily by the more affordable devices priced in the range of USD100 to USD200 which is currently dominating the market.

“However, with major manufacturers recently announcing their intentions to launch low-end smartphones priced below USD100, the device will be within the reach of an even larger pool of consumers and the market expected to grow even faster when these models are made widely available,” said Mr. Tan. “This move is likely to significantly expedite the demand surge for smartphones in the region’s yet to be converted feature phone user population which we expect to see continued robust growth for at least the next two years,” he concluded.

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Thimphu, 22 October 2012 | For Immediate Release

SINGAPORE AND BHUTAN INK FIRST INFOCOMM TECHNOLOGY MOU

IDA International and Temasek Foundation roll out first leadership training programme for senior Bhutan officials

Singapore and Bhutan today strengthened their collaboration in infocomm technology (ICT). For the first time, both countries have inked a Memorandum of Understanding in ICT. Mr Ronnie Tay, Chief Executive Officer of the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) of Singapore and Dasho Kinley Dorji, Secretary of the Ministry of Information and Communications (MoIC) signed the MOU in Thimphu, the Bhutan capital. It was witnessed by the Minister in charge of Bhutan, His Excellency Lyonpo Yeshey Zimba and Bhutan Minister of Information and Communications, Lyonpo Nandalal Rai, along with representatives from IDA International and Temasek Foundation (TF), Singapore.

The MOU will pave the way for developing ICT manpower and expertise in Bhutan through a series of projects and build on existing ICT collaborations. As a start, IDA International, a subsidiary of IDA, and TF have joined hands with the MoIC on a leadership capability building programme within the ambit of Bhutan’s ICT Masterplan which will train key officials from Bhutan in e-Government policies. The Ministry of Information and Communications is leading the Kingdom of Bhutan’s mandate to tap the potential of rapid development in ICT as an enabler of national development and the transformation of the nation to an information society.

Temasek Foundation has committed a grant of about S$500,000 towards a 18 months programme for about 400 government leaders and officials from Bhutan to develop and implement a National ICT Master Plan. Since June 2012, some 220 senior Bhutan officials have been engaged to develop the e-Government Master Plan. In particular, the programme aims to develop three key areas which are: to develop the strategy and implementation plan for centralisation of the government ICT professionals that will enable the effective execution of IT Programmes; develop standards and data services that will facilitate government agencies to interoperate and share information more efficiently and develop an e-Government Master Plan, including an industry development roadmap that will drive the e-Government programme in the Royal Government of Bhutan under the 11th Five Year Plan and beyond.

“Today’s signing of the MOU between the MoIC and IDA marks a milestone in the very warm relationship between our two agencies. We look forward to continuing our exchanges and co-operation in the area of ICT, as we grow together in our respective journeys to leveraging on ICT for success for our economy and society,” said Mr. Ronnie Tay, Chief Executive Officer, IDA.

“Today we are signing a government–to-government MOU that will tie up these projects and open the way for future cooperation that will strengthen the ties between the two countries. We thank IDA and Temasek Foundation for this support. I have no doubt that the technological expertise from Singapore, of the highest standard available anywhere in the world, will be a powerful tool to help us achieve the noble goals of Gross National Happiness.” said Hon’ble Lyonpo Nandalal Rai, Ministry of Information and Communications of Bhutan.

“Singapore’s computerisation efforts have contributed to the country’s economic development and Temasek Foundation is pleased to enable the sharing of Singapore’s ICT knowledge and experience with Bhutan. Through this training programme, we hope a network of leaders who will be formed to help bring about positive changes to Bhutan's e-Government Masterplan. We are confident that this cross-country exchange will be a valuable experience for both Singapore and Bhutan," said Mr. Benedict Cheong, Chief Executive Officer of Temasek Foundation.

Following the MOU signing, Bhutan officials involved in the centralised government ICT plan provided an update on the priority areas set out, namely Parenting (Government Chief Information Officer Structuring), Electronic Government Interoperability Framework, and Electronic Government Masterplan. Progress is well on track, and both IDA International and MoIC are in a good position to move forward with greater engagement and more projects.


JOINTLY ISSUED BY MINISTRY OF INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS OF BHUTAN, INFOCOMM DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY OF SINGAPORE, IDA INTERNATIONAL AND TEMASEK FOUNDATION, SINGAPORE
About Ministry of Information and Communications, Bhutan

Ministry of Information and Communications (MoIC) is the lead Government agency in Bhutan for formulation and implementation of policies, drafting of legislation and acting on behalf of the Royal Government on the matters related to ICT and Media, Surface Transport and Civil Aviation. The Ministry would be responsible for development of an efficient, reliable information and communication systems to help transform Bhutan to an information society and promotion of ICT in the country as an enabler of national development. For more news and information, visit www.moic.gov.bt.

For media clarification, please contact: Dawa PENJOR (Mr)
Sr. Media Officer, Department of Information & Media
Email: dpenjor@doim.gov.bt About Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore

The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) is committed to growing Singapore into a dynamic global infocomm hub. IDA uses an integrated approach to developing infocommunications in Singapore. This involves nurturing a competitive telecoms market as well as a conducive business environment with programmes and schemes for both local and international companies. For more news and information, visit www.ida.gov.sg.

For media clarification, please contact: CHIA Wan Fen (Ms)
Manager, Corporate and Marketing Communication
Email: chia_wan_fen@ida.gov.sg
Telephone: +65 6211 0555 About IDA International

Infocomm Development Authority international is a subsidiary of the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) and serves as the execution arm for collaborations on public service infocomm between Singapore and countries around the world. Infocomm Development Authority International helps public agencies in other countries deliver better socio-economic outcomes through infocomm by providing services such as eGovernment consultancy, national masterplanning, industry and cluster development, and management of public service infocomm programmes. It also assists its foreign government counterparts to better understand and benefit from Singapore's unique experience and know-how through knowledge transfer - enabling them to implement their programmes successfully.

For media enquiries and interviews, please contact: Christine TAN (Ms)
Corporate Marketing and Communication
Email: christine.tan@idainternational.sg
Telephone: +65 6211 0473 About Temasek Foundation

Temasek Foundation is a non-profit philanthropic organisation anchored in Singapore that seeks to contribute to sustainable growth and a bright future of hope and opportunities for people in Asia. The foundation works with partners to support programmes that develop people through health care, education and research, programmes that build bridges between peoples, programmes that build institutions of excellence through governance and ethics, and programmes that rebuild lives and livelihoods affected by natural disasters. For more information, visit www.temasekfoundation.org.sg

For media clarification, please contact: Diana LEE (Ms) / Caroline TAN (Ms)
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