IDA sets 95% outdoor coverage target for 4G mobile services

1 Jun 2016

Singapore’s telecoms regulator, the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA), has laid down strict 4G rollout targets for the city-state’s mobile operators, requiring that they provide coverage of more than 95% of outdoor areas from July this year, rising to over 99% in July 2017 and more than 99% of tunnels by July 2018. The IDA has announced its rollout guidelines amid growing calls for strengthened regulation, noting that by January 2019 it expects 4G licensees to have boosted in-building signal coverage to more than 85%. Furthermore, the watchdog says that any new network operators will also have to adhere to the new standards, although they will be given more time to deploy their networks. TeleGeography notes that as at 31 March 2016, between them the country’s three incumbent cellcos – Singtel, StarHub and M1 – had a total of 4.242 million 4G subscribers, of which 3.771 million were on post-paid contracts.