Singapore’s telecoms industry regulator the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) has released an update on market developments for the quarter ending 30 June 2014, noting that the island-state was home to a total of more than 8.311 million mobile subscriptions (2G, 3G and 4G) at that date, down from 8.438 million three months earlier. Of the total, the IDA says that post-paid 3G users stood at 1.941 million, compared to 2.143 million in Q1 2014, while pre-paid 3G connections reached 3.337 million from 3.561 million. In the 4G segment, the regulator says that Singapore was home to a total of 2.701 million LTE-based subscribers (pre- and post-pay) at mid-2014, up from 2.378 million three months earlier, as 3G customers migrated to the newer 4G technology. Most of the LTE users are post-paid, with the regulator noting that 135,000 (less than 5%) of 4G customers were on pre-paid tariffs at 30 June.
Meanwhile, in the broadband sector the IDA reported that fixed (residential) connections stood at 1.315 million at the end of June 2014, compared to 1.309 million at end-March, while business fixed broadband connections totalled 99,900 (down by 500). Of the total 1.415 million fixed (residential/corporate) broadband lines, some 276,400 are xDSL, 532,600 are cable modem and 603,400 are fibre-optic (offered via PON or Active Ethernet standards). Whilst the totals for xDSL and cable are dropping though, the figure for fibre is climbing steadily, again due to customer migration patterns. Internet dial-up accounts now stand at just 18,800 – or 0.3% of the total market.