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Singapore - Major Telecom Operators

  • October 2015
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  • Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd
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  • 37 pages

More than 600 telecommunications licences have been awarded by Singapore's telecom regulator, the Infocomm Development Authority; around 5% of these come under the facilities-based operator category. The boom in licensing over the last decade has been the result of a hugely liberalised market and government policy that has strongly supported a progressive regulatory regime.

The dominant players in the market are, of course, the mobile operators with their massive subscriber bases and revenues, combined with blanket coverage. By March 2015 the number of mobile subscribers had reached 8.0 million and an overall mobile penetration rate of 149%.

Of the three big mobile operators SingTel, Mobile One and StarHub two (SingTel and StarHub) are full service operators and consequently are involved in a wide range of telecom services, including fixed line and fixed broadband. Following the launch of the NGNBN Mobile One has also moved into the fixed broadband market. Although there is competition in the fixed-line telephony market, SingTel continues to dominate with more than 90% of fixed subscribers. Despite the huge presence of the three big players in the Singapore telecom market, the many smaller operators are playing a vital part in increasing competition and also make a valuable contribution to the creative side of the market.

This report takes a look at the major operators in Singapore's dynamic, constantly changing telecoms environment. Despite a much more competitive market, incumbent SingTel has remained a formidable player; the company has been busy developing new strategies, including regional expansion, as it adapts to the changing nature of the business.


Key developments:
SingTel Mobile began trialing Ericsson's advanced Radio Dot System'.
Ericsson began working with SingTel to trial LTE Broadcast.
SingTel became the first mobile operator in Singapore to offer its users tri-band 4G network services and partnered with Ericsson to undertake 5G trials.
SingTel deployed tri-band LTE-A, delivering peak speeds of 337Mb/s.
M1 launched Singapore's first 2Gb/s to 10Gb/s Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON) services.
StarHub launched a commercial trial of Huawei's LampSite indoor coverage service
StarHub expanded its LTE-A network coverage to 85% of Singapore.



Companies mentioned in this report:
SingTel; StarHub, MobileOne (M1), PacNet, Temasek; MyRepublic.

Table Of Contents

Singapore - Major Telecom Operators
1. Synopsis
2. The major operators
3. Singapore Telecom (SingTel)
3.1 Overview
3.2 Financials
3.3 Corporate structure and subsidiaries
3.3.1 Overview
3.3.2 Restructure - 2012
3.3.3 Temasek Holdings
3.3.4 Thailand
3.4 Statistics
3.4.1 Singapore
3.4.2 Regional
3.5 SingTel Mobile
3.5.1 Overview
3.5.2 3G service
3.5.3 4G / Long-Term Evolution (LTE)
3.5.4 Development of products and services
3.6 Broadband services
3.6.1 Overview
3.6.2 Next Generation Broadband Network (NGNBN)
3.6.3 Long-term evolution (LTE)
3.6.4 WiFi
3.7 IPTV
4. StarHub Pte Ltd
4.1 Overview
4.2 Corporate structure
4.2.1 StarHub/Singapore Cable Vision (SCV) merger
4.3 Operational statistics
4.4 Financials
4.5 Mobile services
4.5.1 Background
4.5.2 Operational developments
4.5.3 Network developments
4.5.4 Fourth Generation (4G) / Long Term Evolution (LTE)
4.5.5 Fifth Generation (5G) Trials
4.6 Broadband services
4.6.1 Overview
4.6.2 NGNBN
4.6.3 Data centre services
4.7 Cable TV services
4.7.1 Overview
4.7.2 Background
4.7.3 Statistics
4.7.4 StarHub TV on mobile
4.7.5 IPTV
5. MobileOne
5.1 Overview
5.2 Corporate structure
5.3 Operating statistics
5.4 Financials
5.5 Business and Product Development Strategies
5.6 IPTV
5.7 Data Centre Services
5.8 Network development
5.8.1 3G upgrades
5.8.2 High-speed downlink packet access (HSDPA)
5.8.3 Fourth Generation (4G) / Long Term Evolution (LTE)
5.8.4 NGNBN
5.9 Other players
5.9.1 PacNet
5.9.2 Verizon
5.9.3 MyRepublic
6. Related reports
Table 1 Singapore mobile operators by share of total mobile market March 2015
Table 2 SingTel Singapore market key operational subscriber statistics 2011; 2013 - 2015
Table 3 SingTel - mobile subscribers 1998 - 2015
Table 4 SingTel - 3G mobile subscribers 2006 - 2013
Table 5 SingTel - 4G mobile subscribers 2013 - 2014
Table 6 SingTel key operational statistics mobile postpaid and prepaid - March 2015
Table 7 SingTel ARPU - mobile services postpaid, prepaid, blended - 2012 - 2015
Table 8 SingTel ARPU for mobile services postpaid, prepaid, non-voice 2003 - 2015
Table 9 SingTel - fixed broadband subscribers 2005 - 2015
Table 10 SingTel's fibre-based broadband subscribers 2011 - 2015
Table 11 SingTel's mio TV subscribers 2009 - 2015
Table 12 SingTel Group's mobile subscribers 2007 - 2015
Table 13 SingTel's mobile subscribers by regional markets March 2014
Table 14 StarHub key operational statistics 2012 2015
Table 15 StarHub revenue and proportion of revenue by market segment 2014
Table 16 StarHub mobile subscribers 2000 - 2015
Table 17 StarHub 3G mobile subscribers 2006 - 2013
Table 18 StarHub operating revenue and capital expenditure 2008 - 2015
Table 19 StarHub - key operational statistics mobile postpaid and prepaid March 2015
Table 20 StarHub ARPU for mobile services postpaid and prepaid 2003 - 2015
Table 21 StarHub's fixed broadband subscribers 2003 - 2015
Table 22 StarHub ARPU for broadband services 2006 - 2015
Table 23 Historical - StarHub cable TV subscribers 1996 - 2009
Table 24 StarHub cable TV subscribers 2010 - 2015
Table 25 StarHub cable TV ARPU 2003 - 2015
Table 26 MobileOne - mobile subscribers 1998 - 2015
Table 27 MobileOne 3G subscribers 2006 - 2013
Table 28 Mobile One Fixed (fibre) subscribers 2012 - 2015
Table 29 Mobile One operating revenue and capital expenditure 2008 - 2014
Table 30 Mobile One mobile subscribers, market share and ARPU June 2015
Table 31 MobileOne ARPU for mobile services postpaid and prepaid 2002 - 2015
Table 32 Mobile One ARPU - fixed (fibre) services 2012 - 2015
Chart 1 - SingTel - Singapore market - key operational subscribers March 2011, March 2013 and March 2014
Chart 2 - SingTel Mobile - ARPU for mobile services - 2003-2014
Chart 3 - StarHub - key operational statistics - 2011-2013
Chart 4 - StarHub - operating revenue contribution by market - 2013
Chart 5 - StarHub - ARPU for mobile services - 2003-2014
Chart 6 - MobileOne - ARPU for mobile services - 2002-2014
Exhibit 1 Major shareholders in SingTel May 2013
Exhibit 2 SingTel's regional subsidiaries and shareholdings March 2014
Exhibit 3 Major shareholders in StarHub February 2014,
Exhibit 4 Major shareholders in Mobile One February 2014

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