15 May 2015 - The Media Development Authority (MDA) has fined StarHub Cable Vision (SCV) S$50,000 for a cable television disruption on 28 September 2013.
The Media Development Authority (MDA) has fined StarHub Cable Vision (SCV) S$50,000 for a cable television disruption on 28 September 2013.
The incident, which started at around 12.40 a.m., lasted for nearly five hours and is estimated to have affected about 170,000 SCV subscribers across various parts of Singapore. Those impacted experienced a complete signal loss for both paid and free-to-air TV channels which are accessed through their SCV cable points.
Services were progressively restored within five hours from the onset of the incident. Free-to-air TV channels were restored by 1.35 a.m., while other channels were fully restored by 5.30 a.m.
Investigations revealed that the root cause of the service disruption was a power trip of a switchboard at SCV’s Ayer Rajah Headend. This switchboard supplied power to equipment used for transmitting cable TV signals. The initial electrical outage triggered different backup systems to kick-in but these systems either tripped due to the sudden power surge during the switchover, or were subsequently fully-drained of power. Their failure eventually resulted in the service disruption on 28 September 2013.
As a Nationwide Subscription Television Service Licensee, SCV must comply with licence conditions on Quality of Service (QoS), which requires pay-TV services to be provided at reasonable quality that meets public expectations and is satisfactory to the MDA.
MDA has determined that the disruption could have been prevented or made less severe if SCV had put in place effective contingency measures to deal with the power surge, such that the back-up system would not have been overloaded. MDA thus finds StarHub to be in contravention of its QoS licence condition, and has imposed a financial penalty of S$50,000.
In determining the financial penalty, MDA took into consideration factors such as SCV’s service recovery actions, as well as the goodwill measures it subsequently extended to affected subscribers.
MDA notes that following this disruption, SCV has undertaken remedial actions to prevent a recurrence.
About Media Development Authority of Singapore (MDA)
The Media Development Authority of Singapore (www.mda.gov.sg) promotes the growth of globally competitive film, television, radio, publishing, games, animation and interactive digital media industries. It also regulates the media sector to safeguard the interests of consumers, and promotes a connected society. MDA is a statutory board under the Ministry of Communications and Information (www.mci.gov.sg).