Singapore - Major Telecom Operators - Historical

Synopsis

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

  • 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
    • 3.4 Statistics
      • 3.4.1 Singapore
      • 3.4.2 Regional
    • 3.5 SingTel Mobile
      • 3.5.1 3G service
      • 3.5.2 4G / Long-Term Evolution (LTE)
      • 3.5.3 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 Statistics
      • 4.7.3 StarHub TV on mobile
      • 4.7.4 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
  • 6. Other players
    • 6.1 PacNet
    • 6.2 Verizon
    • 6.3 MyRepublic
  • 7. 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, March 2014 and March 2015
  • Chart 2 - SingTel Mobile - ARPU for mobile services - 2005-2015
  • Chart 3 - StarHub - key operational statistics - 2012-2015
  • Chart 4 - StarHub - operating revenue contribution by market - 2014
  • Chart 5 - StarHub - ARPU for mobile services - 2005-2015
  • Chart 6 - MobileOne - ARPU for mobile services - 2005-2015
  • 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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Last updated 24 Oct 2015
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