1) Extension of Deadline for Sale of Residential Gateways (“RGs”) / Home Routers to comply with Standards
IMDA has received requests from industry and RG vendors for extension of the timeline for compliance, for both new and existing RG/home router models. IMDA has decided to extend the timeline for compliance with the Technical Specification for Security Requirements for Residential Gateways (“IMDA TS RG-SEC (222.36KB)”) for existing RG/home router models to 1 May 2022.
For avoidance of doubt, from 2 May 2022, RG/home router models which do not comply with the Technical Specification, or not yet registered with IMDA, shall no longer be sold for local use. Such unregistered models may be imported for re-export purposes only, by dealers with a Dealer ’s Individual Licence.
In view of the above, the implementation timeline for the regulation of Residential Gateways is revised below.
2) Equipment Registration for Residential Gateway (“RG”) for Compliance with Security Requirements
IMDA has published the finalized Technical Specification for Security Requirements for Residential Gateways (“IMDA TS RG-SEC (222.36KB)”) on 12 October 2020. The IMDA TS RG-SEC specifies the minimum security requirements and stronger credential settings for RGs, commonly known as home routers, sold and used in Singapore, in order to provide a safer and more secure Internet experience for users, and to strengthen the resilience of Singapore’s telecommunications networks.
The RG devices are required to comply with the above IMDA Standards and equipment registration with IMDA. The online equipment registration for Residential Gateways will be commencing on 2 November 2020.
The implementation timeline for the regulation of Residential Gateways is as follows:
3) Cessation of Registration for Approval for Sale of Short Range Devices Operating in the 698 - 806 MHz Frequency Band
IMDA will be revising the service allocation for radio frequency band 698 - 806 MHz (the "Affected Band") and will stop accepting any equipment registrations (both new and renewal) for equipment operating in the Affected Band. With effect from 14 September 2018, equipment registration will only be accepted for equipment operating in the radio frequency band 470 - 698 MHz. In addition, all sales of equipment operating in the Affected Band for use in Singapore are to cease with effect from 1 January 2019.