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Telecoms Equipment Guide

last updated 14 November 2016

What you need to know before you purchase your telecommunication equipment.

Overview of IMDA’s Regulatory Regime on Telecommunication Equipment in Singapore

  1. Any person who intends to import or sell telecommunication equipment in Singapore is required to obtain a telecommunication dealer’s licence from IMDA. In addition, the equipment to be imported and/or intended to be sold for use in Singapore will need to be registered with IMDA. This is to ensure that the equipment comply with IMDA’s technical specifications, are compatible with the public telecommunication networks, and will not cause any radio frequency interference to other authorised radio-communication networks.

    All equipment registered with IMDA for use in Singapore can be identified by the IMDA’s compliance label affixed to them:

    IMDA Compliance Label


    Label size: 17mm x 9 mm (not drawn to scale)

    Find out more details of the compliance label and list of IMDA Technical Specification.

  2. The operation and installation of radio-communication equipment by end users are subject to licensing in Singapore, except for equipment which are exempted. The list of licence-exempted equipment (for example, wireless microphone; radio detection and alarm system) can be found in the Telecommunications (Exemption from Section 33, 34(1)(b) and 35) Notification, at Singapore Statues Online.

    You may wish to note that possession or operation of radio-communication equipment without a valid licence is an offence under the Telecommunications Act (Cap. 323). Any person guilty of such an offence shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding S$10,000 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 3 years or to both.

  3. Further, certain telecommunication equipment (for example, wireless devices operating in radio frequencies not approved by IMDA) are prohibited from being imported and used in Singapore as they will cause radio frequency interference. IMDA works closely with the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority of Singapore (ICA) to check on the importation of such equipment. When such equipment is identified, IMDA will advise the person to either re-export or dispose the equipment.

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