National regulator the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) has published details of a package of enhancements to its telecoms dealer licensing and equipment registration framework. As a result of the moves being undertaken, licensing and equipment registration will become simpler, making it more convenient, quicker and less costly to perform, the IDA said. With effect from 15 April 2010, the IDA has lifted the import control of all telecom equipment except prohibited telecom equipment or other equipment as determined by the authority, it said in a statement. In addition, the IDA says it intends to extend a dealer’s Individual Licence period from one year to five years.
Commenting on the new licensing regulations, Mr Leong Keng Thai, IDA Deputy Chief Executive and Director-General (Telecoms & Post) said: ‘The changes will streamline licensing processes and reduce business costs for dealers, which will encourage them to provide more competitively-priced, better and a wider range of infocomm product offerings to consumers. Overall, we will have a more vibrant infocomm market.’