As an industry regulator, IMDA has put in place a number of frameworks that bring clarity to the industry as well as provide more informed choices for consumers.
These range from spectrum management that relate to telecom operators as well as media choices and protection for the young in terms of media content. The conducive and clear regulatory frameworks aim to encourage innovation and promote fair competition, while providing more consumer options.
As an industry regulator, IMDA seeks to promote and preserve the competitiveness of the infocomm and media sectors in Singapore. By enforcing regulatory requirements imposed on companies operating in the industry, it prevents unfair business practices that reduce competition for consumers.
Providing adults with more content choices while at the same time protecting the young – these are the two basic guiding principles that direct IMDA when it comes to devising content policies. In addition, media guidelines and codes of practice create greater business certainty while helping to foster stronger growth for the industries.
Content Standards and Classification
Over the years, Singapore’s media landscape has undergone transformation due to technological advancements, convergence of platforms, and the forces of globalisation. IMDA’s regulatory approach has also evolved so that content regulation remains in step with social norms and to enhance the media literacy of Singaporeans.
Dealer and Equipment Registration Framework
Guide and procedures to be followed and requirements to be fulfilled by equipment suppliers seeking to register their telecommunication equipment for sale and use in Singapore.
IMDA publishes information papers aimed at providing the industry and members of the public with a better understanding of the various policy and regulatory decisions as well as the infocomm guidelines and plans that will help create and sustain a vibrant infocomm environment in Singapore.
Interconnection and Access
Interconnection refers to the linking of communications networks to ensure that users of one communications network can access the communications networks and services of other telecommunications operators. Interconnection is necessary to promote effective competition in a multi-network, multi-operator environment.
Nationwide Broadband Network
NetLink Management Pte Ltd (as Trustee of the NetLink Trust) is the Network Company to design, build and operate the passive infrastructure for the Nationwide Broadband Network (NBN) while Nucleus Connect is the Operating Company which will design, build and operate the active infrastructure.
As the telecommunication industry regulator, IMDA manages the numbering resources and allocation process. The Numbering Plan provides a set of rules and guidelines for the use of numbers and codes to telecommunication service operators. This helps ensure the adequacy of telecommunication numbers for use in Singapore.
IMDA is responsible for the administration of the Postal Services Act, which governs postal services in Singapore.
Spectrum Management and Coordination
Spectrum refers to the frequencies which are used by various radio-communication services.