IMDA awards final 5G licences; TPG scoops mmWave spectrum

25 Jun 2020

Singapore’s Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) has issued the ‘final awards’ to Singtel and the joint venture consortium (JVCo) formed by StarHub and M1, at the close of what it describes as ‘a rigorous and holistic 5G call for proposal (CFP) process’. Singtel and JVCo were issued the ‘provisional awards’ in April this year. Each party will be assigned 100MHz of 3.5GHz spectrum, alongside 800MHz of millimetre wave (mmWave) spectrum.

The final awards were issued to Singtel and JVCo after they completed the required regulatory processes, including the selection of their preferred frequency spectrum lots, vendor partners and other technical and legal matters. Both Singtel and JVCo have also satisfied other CFP requirements, including on network rollout and performance, coverage, resilience, cybersecurity and vendor diversity. Singtel and JVCo can now proceed to deploy nationwide 5G standalone networks that deliver fully-fledged 5G capabilities. Singtel will reportedly use Ericsson 5G equipment, while the StarHub-M1 consortium has opted for Nokia gear.

TPG Telecom has also applied for – and is being allocated – the remaining 26GHz/28GHz spectrum in the mmWave band to roll out 5G networks on a localised basis. TPG informed shareholders: ‘The terms of allocation do not require TPG Singapore to incur any material upfront payment for the mmWave spectrum.’