IDA publishes consultation paper on 4G licensing plans

31 Mar 2010

The Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) of Singapore has published its ‘Spectrum Framework for Fourth Generation (4G) Mobile Communication Systems in Singapore’. The public consultation is designed to introduce ultra-high speed mobile communication systems, such as Long Term Evolution (LTE) and mobile WiMAX, capable of offering end users higher data rates of more than 100Mbps. In its outline on the plan, the regulator notes that in order to achieve a nationwide 4G network each operator would need a minimum of 30MHz to deliver access speeds of up to 100Mbps for a given coverage area. With this in mind, the IDA is considering dividing the available spectrum into 38 blocks of 5MHz. Provisionally, a total of three 2 × 5MHz lots of spectrum in the 1900/2100MHz band could be made available to the incumbent cellcos to strengthen their operations. In a separate process, the watchdog is also canvassing views and comments on the likely technologies for the deployment of 4G mobile communication system that will meet end users’ mobile communication needs beyond 2015. The deadline for the consultation is 7 June 2010. A full copy can be found at: