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Research by Country/Region January 19, 2018  
Singapore: Broadband Fixed Wireless Access

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A. CURRENT SINGAPORE POLICY GOVERNING ACCESS TO THE WORLDWIDE FIXED WIRELESS ACCESS BAND (3.4 TO 3 .7 GHZ), LMDS (28 TO 31 GHZ), AND UNLICENSED BANDS

In Singapore, the 3.4 - 3.7 GHz is allocated to satellite downlink and the government is unable to free up for fixed wireless access systems. Instead, it has reserved a portion of the 24.5 - 31.3 GHz band for fixed wireless access
services.

B. DEMAND OR A NEED FOR BFW SERVICES

The government scheduled an auction in 2001 to allocate frequencies in a portion of the 24.5 - 31.3 GHz band for fixed wireless broadband (FWB) services. The auction did not take place as there was no interest from the industry.

C. LICENSING

A service provider that wishes to provide FWB services requires a facilities-based operator (FBO) license. The Guidelines for Submission of Application for FBO license can be found on our website: http://www.ida.gov.sg
(under policy and regulation, licensing guidelines and guidelines on licensing schemes).

D. FOREIGN OWNERSHIP LIMITS

None. (See Guidelines for Submission of Application for FBO license)

E. INTERCONNECTION TARIFFS

The general interconnection framework with our dominant licensee (i.e. SingTel) can be found in the Reference Interconnection Offer (RIO), which is also available on our website (under policy and regulation, interconnection
and access). The FWB service providers can also negotiate the tariffs with network providers other than the dominant licensee.

F OTHER POLICIES AND REGULATIONS GOVERNING BFW

See Guidelines for Submission of Application for FBO licence.

G. TO WHAT EXTENT ARE BFW SERVICES BEING OFFERED BY DOMESTIC OR INTERNATIONAL FIRMS?

No FWB providers to-date.

H. CURRENT LIST OF BFW ACCESS PROVIDERS

No FWB providers to-date.

I. CERTIFICATION PROCEDURES, AND IMPORT DUTIES

For equipment approval, we have the following three schemes for manufacturers to opt for:
      1. Manufacturer's declaration of conformity,
      2. Equipment submission scheme, and
      3. Mutual recognition scheme.

The details of the three schemes above can be found in our Guide for Type Approval of Telecommunication Equipment available on our website (under policy and regulation, technical regulation, application of type
approval/equipment registration).

RESPONSE INFORMATION

This response was prepared by the U.S. Department of Commerce/Commercial Service in Singapore, in June 2003. For further clarification please contact:

Sweehoon Chia
Commercial Specialist
U.S. Commercial Service, Singapore
Sweehoon.Chia@mail.doc.gov

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