The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) has announced its framework for the allocation of spectrum for International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT) and IMT-Advanced services (4G services). IDA hopes to conduct the spectrum allocation exercise this year, with a total of 235 MHz of spectrum to be made available for mobile services.
IDA also wants to facilitate the entry of a new MNO in order to boost innovation and competition in the mobile market. As a result, the auction will take place over two stages. First, the New Entrant Spectrum Auction will be held, where only interested pre-qualified parties who do not currently operate a nationwide mobile network in Singapore will be eligible to participate. IDA is making available 60 MHz of spectrum from the 900 MHz and 2.3 GHz bands for the New Entrant Spectrum Auction. The auction for this spectrum will start at the bid price of SGD 35 million. The spectrum rights will start in April 2017.
The General Spectrum Auction will be held after the conclusion of the New Entrant Spectrum Auction, as the second stage. This auction will be open to incumbent MNOs M1, Singtel Mobile and StarHub Mobile and any new MNO who emerges after the previous auction.
IDA will require the new MNO to achieve nationwide outdoor service coverage by October 2018.