Telecoms and media—Singapore—Q&A guide
Telecoms and media—Singapore—Q&A guide

The following TMT practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Telecoms and media—Singapore—Q&A guide
  • 1. Summarise the regulatory framework for the communications sector. Do any foreign ownership restrictions apply to communications services?
  • 2. Describe the authorisation or licensing regime.
  • 3. Do spectrum licences generally specify the permitted use or is permitted use (fully or partly) unrestricted? Is licensed spectrum tradable or assignable?
  • 4. Which communications markets and segments are subject to ex-ante regulation? What remedies may be imposed?
  • 5. Is there a legal basis for requiring structural or functional separation between an operator’s network and service activities? Has structural or functional separation been introduced or is it being contemplated?
  • 6. Outline any universal service obligations. How is provision of these services financed?
  • 7. Describe the number allocation scheme and number portability regime in your jurisdiction.
  • 8. Are customer terms and conditions in the communications sector subject to specific rules?
  • 9. Are there limits on an internet service provider’s freedom to control or prioritise the type or source of data that it delivers? Are there any other specific regulations or guidelines on net neutrality?
  • More...

This Practice Note contains a jurisdiction-specific Q&A guide to telecoms and media in Singapore published as part of the Lexology Getting the Deal Through series by Law Business Research (published: March 2020).

Authors: Drew & Napier LLC—Lim Chong Kin; Shawn Ting

1. Summarise the regulatory framework for the communications sector. Do any foreign ownership restrictions apply to communications services?

Regulatory framework

The Info-communications Media Development Authority (IMDA) is the converged regulator for the info-communications and media sectors, and is responsible for the development, promotion and regulation of the info-communications industry, which includes both the telecoms and IT sectors. The IMDA is under the direct authority of the Ministry of Communications and Information (MCI).

At present, the telecoms and media sectors are governed by separate regulatory frameworks.

The telecoms sector is regulated by the IMDA under the Telecommunications Act (Cap. 323) (the Telecoms Act) and the Info-communications Media Development Authority Act 2016 (the IMDA Act).

'Telecommunications' is defined very broadly under the Telecoms Act as:

[A] transmission, emission or reception of signs, signals, writing, images, sounds or intelligence of any nature by wire, radio, optical or other electro-magnetic systems whether or not such signs, signals, writing, images, sounds or intelligence have been subjected to a rearrangement, computation or other processes by any means in the course of their transmission, emission or reception.

The Telecoms Act is the primary legislation governing the telecoms industry in

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