Singapore - Telecoms Infrastructure, Operators, Regulations - Statistics and Analyses


Singapore has 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 rapid take-up of fibre-based services.

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 economy.

Singapore’s smart 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.

Singapore has 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 has significantly increased over the last three to five years.

Infocomm Media 2025 is an integrated plan to guide the development of Singapore’s infocomm media sectors over the next 10 years. Singtel via partnerships has spearheaded research and development efforts in emerging technologies, including artificial intelligence, data analytics, robotics and the Internet of Things.

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.

Key developments:

  • Multimedia content providers are driving strong demand for data centre storage in Singapore.
  • StarHub signed a MoU to co-develop and launch commercial IoT applications/services.
  • The diversity of cloud providers entering Singapore data centres has significantly increased over the last three to five years.

Companies mentioned in this report:

SingTel; StarHub, MobileOne (M1).

Table of Contents

  • Key statistics

  • Telecommunications market

    • Market Overview and Analysis
    • Regional Asian Market Comparison
  • Regulatory environment

    • Historic overview
    • Regulatory authority
      • Background
    • Cyber Security
  • Fixed network operators

    • Singapore Telecom (SingTel)
    • StarHub
    • PacNet
  • Telecommunications infrastructure

    • Overview of the national telecom network
    • The Next Generation Nationwide Broadband Network (Next Gen NBN)
      • Overview
      • Background and Timeline
    • International infrastructure
      • Satellite networks
      • Submarine cable networks
      • Indigo-CENTRAL AND Indigo-West
      • Singapore-Myanmar (SIGMAR) cable
      • Other developments
  • Data Centres

  • Smart infrastructure

    • Internet-of-Things (IoT)
    • Smart Nation Platform
      • Overview
      • Singapore’s Safe City Test Bed initiative
      • Virtual Singapore
      • Infocomm Media 2025
    • Cyber Security Centre
    • Smart Meters
  • Related reports

List of Tables

  • Table 1 – Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities – 2019 (e)
  • Table 2 – Key Metrics - Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) - 2019 – 2024
  • Table 3 –SingTel (Group) – Operating Revenue, EBITDA - 2015 – 2019
  • Table 4 – Fixed Telephone Line Subscriptions and Penetration – 2007 – 2019
  • Table 5 – Historic – Fixed Telephone Line Subscriptions and Penetration – 1998 – 2006
  • Table 6 – Historic - Overview of fixed-line subscribers – 2015 – 2017

List of Charts

  • Chart 1 – Mobile, Mobile Broadband & Fixed Broadband Penetration – 2019; 2024
  • Chart 5 – Fixed Telephone Line Subscriptions and Penetration – 2008 – 2019

List of Exhibits

  • Exhibit 3 – Key historical regulatory and liberalisation developments
  • Exhibit 4 – Structure of National Broadband Network
  • Exhibit 5 – International submarine cable systems with landing points in Singapore

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Last updated 6 Aug 2019
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Analyst: Phil Harpur

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