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The Internet Protocol Transit and Peering Landscape in Singapore

Issued Date: 13/02/2015

Decision Date: 24/08/2016

24 August 2016 - IDA issued its decision on the Review of the Internet Protocol Transit and Peering Landscape in Singapore

15 April 2015 - Responses received at the close of the public consultation on the Internet Protocol Transit and Peering Landscape in Singapore

18 March 2015 - Extension of deadline for submission of comments to the public consultation on The Internet Protocol Transit and Peering Landscape in Singapore

13 February 2015 - Public Consultation on the Internet Protocol Transit and Peering Landscape in Singapore

24 August 2016

IDA issued its decision on the Review of the Internet Protocol Transit and Peering Landscape in Singapore

IDA's Decision 
Explanatory Memorandum (694.31KB)


15 April 2015

IDA received nine responses to the Public Consultation, from telecom network operators, Internet service providers (ISPs), Internet content providers and other interested parties. Commenters provided good insights on the various IP Transit and Peering related issues raised in the Consultation Paper. On whether regulations should be introduced to require peering arrangements amongst players, a preliminary scan shows that views from the industry remain polarised.

One view suggests that some form of regulatory intervention is required, such as requiring retail ISPs to enter into settlement-free peering agreements with each other and with Internet content providers, as this would subject the incumbents to greater competition, thereby lowering prices for consumers while forcing the incumbents to innovate in the process.

The other view requests IDA to maintain the status quo and refrain from intervening, as the market is competitive and functioning properly, and mandating peering between all operators would enable smaller ISPs to free-ride on the investments made by larger ISPs to host premium content within their networks, possibly disincentivise further investments, and potentially impact Singapore's long-term position as a regional hub for telecommunications and content.

IDA also notes that some respondents highlighted the existence of neutral peering points like Singapore Internet Exchange (SGIX) and Equinix Exchange Singapore which facilitate peering between ISPs of varying sizes.

IDA thanks all respondents for their submissions. IDA will review all comments received and announce its decision when it is ready.

Responses Received at Closing Date - 10 April 2015
Andrew Ngiam (343.70KB)
Facebook Inc (92.92KB)
Google Asia Pacific Pte Ltd (1.32MB)
M1 Limited (198.14KB)
Marco Huggenberger (169.34KB)
Moratel International Pte Ltd (171.66KB)
Netflix Inc (837.93KB)
Singapore Telecommunications Limited (358.55KB)
StarHub Ltd (559.77KB)

18 February 2015

In view of requests from the industry for more time to submit their views, IDA has extended the deadline for the submission of this consultation till 12 noon, 10 April 2015.

13 February 2015

IDA would like to seek the views and comments from the industry and members of the public on the Internet Protocol Transit and Peering Landscape in Singapore.

IDA Consultation Paper
The Internet Protocol Transit and Peering Landscape in Singapore (703.79KB)

All views and comments should be submitted in writing and sent to IDA by fax or in soft copy. Submissions should reach IDA before 12 noon, 27 March 2015. Commenting parties are required to include their personal or company particulars, correspondence address, contact number and email address in their submissions.

All comments should be addressed to:
Aileen Chia (Ms)
Deputy Director-General (Telecoms & Post)
Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore
10 Pasir Panjang Road
#10-01 Mapletree Business City
Singapore 117438
Fax: +65 6211 2116

AND

Please submit your soft copies via email to IDA_Consultation@imda.gov.sg. You may also submit a hardcopy to fax number: +65 6211 2116.

IDA reserves the right to make public any written submissions 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.

LAST UPDATED: 21 MAY 2024