Singapore - Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses

Synopsis

Singapore’s mobile 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 2023, as there is little room for further growth in a highly saturated market.

Competition is now heating up in Singapore’s mobile market with a fourth provider Australian telco TPG Telecom launching mobile services. Also, local ISP MyRepublic launched its mobile services via an MNVO arrangement in partnership with mobile operator Starhub. This is likely to see increased pressure on SingTel, Starhub and M1, potentially triggering another price war

Singapore saw strong growth in mobile broadband penetration up to 2013, however since then growth has been slow due to a mature and saturated mobile market. A significant proportion of the population now have more than one mobile broadband account. Very slow growth is predicted over the next five years to 2023. 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.

A number of leading mobile operators in Asian countries including South Korea, Singapore, Japan, China, Hong Kong and Taiwan are moving down the path towards launch full 5G services. Leading mobile operators are developing new services and applications within a ‘5G ecosystem’, in readiness for this launch by deploying key pre-5G technologies including carrier aggregation (CA), 256QAM (quadrature amplitude modulation) and Narrow-Band Internet of Things (NB-IoT).

Key developments:

  • Competition is heating up with a fourth provider TPG Telecom launching mobile services.
  • Local ISP MyRepublic launched its mobile services via an MNVO arrangement in partnership with mobile operator Starhub.
  • Singtel successfully tested fifth-generation mobile technology, as part of Singapore’s push to become a ‘connected society’.

Companies mentioned in this report:

SingTel; StarHub, MobileOne (M1), TPG (Telecom), MyRepublic

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Market Overview and analysis
  • 3. Mobile statistics
    • 3.1 Mobile Statistics and Forecasts
    • 3.2 Mobile data
    • 3.3 Mobile Broadband Statistics and Forecast
  • 4. Regulatory Issues
    • 4.1 Spectrum Auctions 2017
  • 5. Mobile infrastructure
    • 5.1 5G
    • 5.2 4G
    • 5.3 3G
    • 5.4 2G
    • 5.5 VoLTE
    • 5.6 VoWiFi
    • 5.7 HetNet
    • 5.8 Radio Dot System
    • 5.9 Lampsite Trials
    • 5.10 Satellite mobile
    • 5.11 Light Fidelity (Li-Fi)
  • 6. Major mobile operators
    • 6.1 Overview – operating statistics
    • 6.2 Singapore Telecom (SingTel)
      • 6.2.1 Overview
      • 6.2.2 Statistics
      • 6.2.3 3G / 4G Long-Term Evolution (LTE)
      • 6.2.4 Development of products and services
    • 6.3 StarHub
      • 6.3.1 Overview
      • 6.3.2 Statistics
      • 6.3.3 Network developments
    • 6.4 MobileOne (M1)
      • 6.4.1 Overview
      • 6.4.2 Statistics
      • 6.4.3 Network development
    • 6.5 TPG Telecom
    • 6.6 MNVOs
      • 6.6.1 Overview
      • 6.6.2 MyRepublic
      • 6.6.3 Zero Mobile
      • 6.6.4 Liberty Wireless
      • 6.6.5 Zero1
      • 6.6.6 Circles.Life
      • 6.6.7 Blue Wireless
  • 7. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Mobile Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) – 1997 - 2023
  • Table 2 – Mobile Subscribers by 2G, 3G, 4G, prepaid, postpaid (millions) – 2012 - 2017
  • Table 3 – Mobile Subscribers by 2G, 3G, 4G (millions) – 2012 - 2017
  • Table 4 – Mobile Subscribers market share by 2G, 3G, 4G – 2012 - 2017
  • Table 5 – Historic - 3G mobile subscribers – 2005 - 2016
  • Table 6 - ARPU – postpaid and prepaid by mobile operator – 2014 - 2018
  • Table 7 – Historic - Overall mobile services ARPU – 2002 - 2015
  • Table 8 – Total SMS messages per month – 2004 - 2017
  • Table 9 – Mobile Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) – 2007 - 2023
  • Table 10 – Singapore – mobile operators and systems
  • Table 11 – Mobile Subscribers by Operator (millions) – 2000 - 2018
  • Table 12 – Mobile Subscriber Market Share by Operator – 2000 - 2018
  • Table 13 – SingTel – Singapore market – Key Financial Statistics – 2014 - 2018
  • Table 14 – SingTel – Singapore market – key operational subscriber (millions) – 2013 - 2018
  • Table 15 – SingTel - mobile subscribers – 1998 - 2018
  • Table 16 – SingTel - 4G mobile subscribers – 2014 - 2018
  • Table 17 – SingTel – ARPU for mobile services – postpaid, prepaid, blended – 2003 - 2018
  • Table 18 – StarHub – Key Financial Statistics – 2014 - 2017
  • Table 19 – StarHub – operating revenue and capital expenditure – 2008 - 2017
  • Table 20 – Historic - StarHub – Operating revenue ($thousands) by market segment – 2014 - 2017
  • Table 21 – StarHub mobile subscribers – 2000 - 2018
  • Table 22 – StarHub – ARPU for mobile services – postpaid and prepaid – 2003 - 2018
  • Table 23 – MobileOne - mobile subscribers – 1998 - 2018
  • Table 24 – MobileOne – ARPU for mobile services – postpaid and prepaid – 2015 - 2018
  • Table 25 – Mobile One – operating revenue, capital expenditure and EBITDA – 2008 - 2017
  • Chart 1 – Mobile Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) – 2008 - 2023
  • Chart 2 – Mobile Subscribers Market Share by 2G, 3G, 4G subscribers – 2012 - 2017
  • Chart 3 – Mobile Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) – 2008 - 2023
  • Chart 4 – Mobile Subscriber Market Share by Operator – 2000 - 2018
  • Exhibit 1 – Historic - Third Generation (3G) licensees, spectrum and vendors
  • Exhibit 2 – SingTel’s regional subsidiaries and shareholdings
  • Exhibit 3 – Major shareholders in StarHub

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Last updated 9 Aug 2018
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Analyst: Phil Harpur

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