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MCI Issues Public Consultation on Proposed Amendments to Telecommunications Act and Media Development Authority of Singapore Act

last updated 03 November 2017

Issued Date:05 August 2016

13 January 2017 - The revised Telecommunications Act (Cap. 323) and related amendments to the Info-communications Media Development Authority Act 2016 will come into effect on 1 February 2017.


6 September 2016 – Responses received at the close of the public consultation on the Proposed Amendments to the Telecommunications Act and Media Development Authority of Singapore Act.


16 August 2016 – IDA will be conducting a briefing for building developers/building owners/building managers on 24 August 2016.


11 August 2016 – In response to requests, MCI has decided to extend the deadline for submissions to 12 noon, 31 August 2016.


5 August 2016 – MCI is seeking public feedback on the proposed amendments to the Telecommunications Act and corresponding changes to the Media Development Authority of Singapore Act.


13 January 2017

The revised Telecommunications Act (Cap. 323) and related amendments to the Info-communications Media Development Authority Act 2016 will come into effect on 1 February 2017.

6 September 2016

Responses received at the close of the public consultation on the Proposed Amendments to the Telecommunications Act and Media Development Authority of Singapore Act.

Responses received at closing date - 31 August 2016 
Asia Cloud Computing Association
Asia Pacific Carrier' Coalition
Consumers Association of Singapore
M1 Limited
Mapletree Investments Pte Ltd
Marina Bay Sands Pte Ltd
Mediacorp Pte Ltd
MyRepublic Limited
National University of Singapore
NetLink Trust
Singtel
StarHub Ltd

 

16 August 2016

IDA has rescheduled the briefing for building developers/building owners/building managers on the proposed amendments to the Telecommunications Act to 10am, 24 August 2016 . Please refer to the updated table below for the details of the briefing. Parties who are interested to attend the briefing may register with IDA via email at ida_interconnect@ida.gov.sg by 19 August 2016.

11 August 2016

In response to requests, MCI has decided to extend the deadline for submissions to 12 noon, 31 August 2016.

8 August 2016

IDA will be conducting a briefing for building developers/building owners/building managers on the proposed amendments to the Telecommunications Act. Details of the briefing are as follows:

Date:24 August 2016
Time:
1000 hrs
Venue:Mapletree Business City, Auditorium
20 Pasir Panjang Road
 Singapore 11743

Parties who are interested to attend the briefing may register with IDA via email at ida_interconnect@ida.gov.sg by 19 August 2016.

5 August 2016

The Ministry of Communications and Information (“MCI”) is seeking public feedback on the proposed amendments to the Telecommunications Act (“TA”) and corresponding changes to the Media Development Authority of Singapore Act (“MDAA”).

The TA is the legislative framework that governs the regulation of Singapore’s telecommunications sector. The TA provides the Info-communications Development Authority of Singapore (“IDA”) the powers to grant licences, issue directions, codes of practice and standards of performance in connection with the operation of telecommunication systems, provision of telecommunication services, and conduct of telecommunication licensees, amongst others. The TA was last revised in 2012.

In this review, MCI recognises that consumers and businesses’ reliance on telecommunication services has increased significantly over the past few years. As a result, demands and expectations for reliable and better quality telecommunication services have gone up. Secondly, both IDA and MDA have put in place a suite of consumer protection measures to safeguard consumer interests. However increasingly, consumers tend to face issues that are more individualised or contractual in nature. Such consumer types could be better served through a dedicated platform. Lastly, end-users and businesses may not be able to have the freedom to access telecommunication services from operators of their choice. It will be important for any obstacles here to be removed so that consumers and businesses can fully reap the benefits of competition.

Bearing these observations in mind, MCI is proposing to amend the TA and make some related amendments to the MDAA. This Consultation Paper summarises and outlines the key areas that MCI has identified and proposed for these legislative amendments, the rationale for the proposed amendments, and the procedures and timeframe for members of the industry and the public to submit their views and comments. More details can be found in the Consultation Document below.

Consultation Documents
Public Consultation Document
Annex A - Draft Telecommunications (Amendment) Bill

All submissions should reach MCI no later than 24 August 2016, 12 noon. Respondents are to adhere to this timeline, and late submissions will not be considered. Comments must be submitted in both hard and soft copy (in Microsoft Word format). All comments should be addressed to:

Jason Bay
Director, Economic Regulation Division
Ministry of Communications and Information
140 Hill Street
Singapore 179369
Fax: (65) 6837 9480

Please submit your soft copies, with the email header “Public Consultation of the Review of the Telecommunications Act and Related Amendments to the Media Development Authority of Singapore Act”, to:TA_Public_Consult2016@mci.gov.sg.

Respondents should organise their submissions as follows:

  1. Cover page (including their personal/company particulars and contact information);

  2. Table of contents;

  3. Summary of major points;

  4. Statement of interest;

  5. Comments; and

  6. Conclusion.

Supporting materials may be placed as an annex to the submission.

All submissions should be clearly and concisely written, and should provide a reasoned explanation for any proposed revisions. Where feasible, respondents should identify the specific provision of the TA and/or MDAA on which they are commenting and explain the basis for their proposals.