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MICA Seeks Views on the Proposed Amendments to the Telecommunications Act

Issued Date: 27/08/2010

Decision Date: 01/02/2012

6 February 2012 - The Revised Telecommunications Act came into Effect on 1 February 2012

6 February 2012

The Revised Telecommunications Act came into effect on 1 February 2012.

21 September 2010

MICA has extended the public consultation for the Telecommunications Act Review till 8 October 2010, 5pm to allow for more parties to submit their views on the proposed amendments.

27 August 2010

The Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts ("MICA") would like to seek feedback on the proposed amendments to the Telecommunications Act ("TA").

The TA spells out the powers of the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore ("IDA") and the rights and duties of telecommunication licensees and persons involved in the provision of telecommunication services in Singapore.

MICA, together with the IDA, has reviewed the TA, and is proposing amendments to refine the Government's existing powers and ensure that the legislative framework is up-to-date. Revisions to the TA seek to ensure that it remains relevant and sufficient to regulate the rapidly changing telecom industry while encouraging vibrancy and competition in the sector.

The proposed amendments include the control of critical telecom infrastructure and licensees, where it is recommended that the TA be amended to provide the Minister with the powers to ensure the continuity of telecom services, as well as the inclusion of new concepts and business models to provide greater clarity on the scope of consolidation provisions and ensure consistency with other existing legislations. More details of the proposed amendments can be found in MICA's TA Consultation Document below.

Consultation Documents
TA Consultation Document (199.94KB)
Annex to the Consultation Document
Draft Telecommunications (Amendment) Bill (158.59KB)
Telecommunications (Prescribed Transaction) Order 2010 (91.12KB)

All submissions should reach MICA before 24 September 2010, 5pm. Comments must be submitted in both hard and soft copy (in Microsoft Word format). All comments should be addressed to:

Mr Muhd Hanafiah
Director (Industry Division)
Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts
140 Hill Street #02-02
MICA Building
Singapore 179369
Fax: (65) 6837 9444

AND

Please submit your soft copies, with the email header "Consultation of the Telecommunications Act", to this e-mail: mica_ta_public_consultation@mica.gov.sg.

Parties that submit comments on this Consultation Document should organise their submissions as follows: (a) cover page (including their personal/company particulars and contact information); (b) table of contents; (c) summary of major points; (d) statement of interest; (e) comments; and (f) conclusion. Supporting material may be placed in an annex.

MICA reserves the right to make public all or parts of any written submission and to disclose the identity of the source. Commenting parties may request confidential treatment for any part of the submission that the commenting party believes to be proprietary, confidential or commercially sensitive. Any such information should be clearly marked and placed in a separate annex. If MICA grants confidential treatment it will consider, but will not publicly disclose, the information. If MICA rejects the request for confidential treatment, it will return the information to the party that submitted it and will not consider this information as part of its review. As far as possible, parties should limit any request for confidential treatment of information submitted. MICA will not accept any submission that requests confidential treatment of all, or a substantial part, of the submission.

Responses Received at Closing Date - 08 October 2010
APCC (2.01MB)
M1 (142.97KB)
OpenNet (2.06MB)
SingTel (288.60KB)
StarHub (482.13KB)

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