Singapore likely to need 1GHz of spectrum for mobile broadband by 2020

1 Oct 2014

Aileen Chia, deputy director general at Singapore’s telecoms watchdog the Info-communications Development Authority (IDA), has highlighted that the country may require as much as 1GHz of additional spectrum for mobile broadband by 2020, Mobile World Live reports. Mrs Chia disclosed that the IDA intends to release a portion of ‘white space’ TV spectrum, of which around 180MHz could be made available for telecoms use; the relevant regulation is expected to take effect in November.

Alongside the release of additional frequencies, the IDA is reviewing complementary methods of delivering the necessary capacity to keep up with demand. ‘We are planning to facilitate the deployment of a heterogeneous network comprising mobile networks, Wi-Fi and small cell networks’, the deputy director general said. Further, Chia disclosed that the IDA is looking into authorising the entry of new mobile service providers in the market, although she added: ‘We first want to understand the possible mechanisms needed to evaluate and facilitate new entries.’