Singapore’s telecoms regulator Info-communications Media Development Authority (IMDA) has successfully concluded the first stage of the General Spectrum Auction (GSA), following on from the conclusion of its New Entrant Spectrum Auction (NESA) in December 2016 – which resulted in TPG Telecom securing rights to become the fourth operator. In this latest sale process – which raised a total of SGD1.14 billion (USD816.2 million) for the government – a total of 175MHz of spectrum was split among the nation’s four telcos, including the newcomer.
Singtel was the biggest hitter at the auction, bidding a total of SGD563.7 million to secure a total of 75MHz of spectrum. Meanwhile, the city-state’s second largest player by subscribers, StarHub, also came in second in terms of bids, buying 60MHz of spectrum for SGD349.6 million. The nation’s smallest cellco, M1, offered a total of SGD208 million for 30MHz, while Aussie-backed TPG Telecom spent SGD23.8 million for 10MHz of spectrum. The bandwidth on offer in the first stage GSA includes the lucrative 900MHz spectrum band; some of the auctioned frequencies included those re-farmed from the provisioning of 2G services. The spectrum rights in the 900MHz and 2500MHz bands will commence on 1 July 2017, while those in the 700MHz band will commence on 1 January 2018 at the earliest.