IMDA conducted the Auction of 2.1 GHz Spectrum Rights (2022) for the deployment of 5G networks in Singapore. The auction followed IMDA regulations for spectrum rights auctions and assignments, with winning bidders agreeing to comply with prescribed technical specifications and terms and conditions of use.
21 December 2021
The Phase 1 of the Assignment Stage of the Auction of 2.1 GHz Spectrum Rights (2022) commenced on 26 November 2021. Winning Bidders were able to reach an agreement on the placement of lots and submitted the Form for Agreement or Non-Agreement of Spectrum Assignment to IMDA on 7 December 2021. IMDA has reviewed and accepted the proposed assignment. The Assignment Stage is closed.
IMDA has issued a Final Provisional Award Notice to each Winning Bidder.
26 November 2021
IMDA received Initial Offers submitted by the pre-qualified bidders by the deadline of 17 November 2021.
IMDA proceeded with the Quantity Stage of the Auction of the 2.1 GHz Spectrum Rights (2022) after receiving a total request for 70 MHz of paired spectrum, or 14 paired lots of 2 x 5 MHz each. This was 10 MHz of paired spectrum or 2 paired lots in excess of the spectrum available for allocation.
The Quantity Stage was conducted between 23 November 2021 and 24 November 2021.
Following the end of the Quantity Stage, the Winning Bidders were provisionally awarded the following:
(consisting of M1 Limited and StarHub Mobile Pte Ltd)
|Singtel Mobile Singapore Pte Ltd||TPG Telecom Pte Ltd|
||$15,500,000 per paired lot
(3 paired lots)
(4 paired lots)
(2 paired lots)
|2.1 GHz (FROR*)
||Price||$3,000,000 per paired lot
(2 paired lots – 1 each for M1 Limited and StarHub Mobile Pte Ltd)
(1 paired lot)
||25 MHz||10 MHz|
*First Right of Refusal (FROR) spectrum (1 paired lot of 2 x 5 MHz) was extended to each of the existing 2.1 GHz spectrum right holders of M1 Limited, Singtel Mobile Singapore Pte Ltd, and StarHub Mobile Pte Ltd, to support 3G service continuity, at a Continuity Price of $3 million per paired lot of spectrum.
10 November 2021
Having reviewed the Pre-Auction Submissions, IMDA has pre-qualified the following bidders to participate in the Auction of 2.1 GHz Spectrum Rights (2022): Singtel Mobile Singapore Pte Ltd, TPG Telecom Pte Ltd, and a consortium consisting of M1 Limited and StarHub Mobile Pte Ltd.
27 October 2021
At the close of the deadline for Pre-Auction Submissions, IMDA received a total of three submissions – one each from Singtel Mobile Singapore Pte Ltd, and TPG Telecom Pte Ltd, and a joint-submission from M1 Limited and StarHub Mobile Pte Ltd.
19 October 2021
In view of requests for additional time for preparations, the deadline for the Pre-Auction Submission for the Auction of 2.1 GHz Spectrum Rights (2022) has been extended till 5 pm, 27 October 2021.
7 October 2021
In view of requests for additional time for preparations, the deadline for the Pre-Auction Submission for the Auction of 2.1 GHz Spectrum Rights (2022) has been extended till 5 pm, 22 October 2021.
24 September 2021
IMDA has issued clarifications to queries relating to the Auction of 2.1 GHz Spectrum Rights (2022). IMDA has also issued the final Auction Rules. Please refer to the table below.
Prospective Bidders who are interested in participating in the Auction of 2.1 GHz Spectrum Rights (2022) are required to submit the duly completed Pre-Auction Submission, along with relevant supporting documents, by 5 pm on 15 October 2021.
26 August 2021
In view of requests from interested bidders for more time to submit their queries, IMDA has extended the submission deadline for the clarification of the Auction Rules for the Auction of 2.1 GHz Spectrum Rights (2022) to 5 pm, 7 September 2021.
4 August 2021
IMDA is reviewing the allocation and use of the 2.1 GHz spectrum band upon expiry of the existing spectrum rights. IMDA has published the Auction Rules for the Auction of 2.1 GHz Spectrum Rights (2022) for 5G Standalone (SA) Network Architecture, for clarification by interested bidders.
All queries on the Auction Rules are to be submitted to IMDA at Consultation@imda.gov.sg with the subject header “Query on 2.1 GHz Auction Rules” by 5 pm on 31 August 2021. IMDA will finalise the Auction Rules after the clarification by interested bidders.
|Auction of 2.1 GHz Spectrum Rights (2022)|
|Clarifications to Auction Rules (403.80KB) (added on 24 September 2021)|
|Auction Rules (560.57KB) (updated on 24 September 2021)|
|Appendix 1: Pre-Auction Submission (166.32KB) (updated on 24 September 2021)
|Appendix 2: Initial Offer (623.96KB) (updated on 10 November 2021)
|Appendix 3: Bank Guarantee and Declaration of Submission of Bank Guarantee (141.71KB) (updated on 18 October 2021)
IMDA is also seeking views and comments from members of the public and the industry on the proposed spectrum allocation framework for the 2.1 GHz spectrum band. The public consultation paper can be found here.
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