With effect from 1 July 2000, the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) will implement a new licensing scheme for Telecommunication Cable Detection Workers. The licensing scheme will ensure that only qualified personnel is engaged to carry out cable detection work. This will help minimise...Singapore, 12 May 2000 | For Immediate Release
With effect from 1 July 2000, the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) will implement a new licensing scheme for Telecommunication Cable Detection Workers. The licensing scheme will ensure that only qualified personnel is engaged to carry out cable detection work. This will help minimise damages to underground telecommunication cables, which may lead to disruption in telecommunication services.
Under the licensing scheme, a contractor carrying out earthworks within the vicinity of any telecommunication cable is required to engage a licensed cable detection worker to locate underground cables. The contractor is also required to submit a written notice to the telecommunication system licensee at least 7 days before the commencement of the earthworks and consult with the telecommunication system licensee on the necessary precaution to prevent damage to the cables. At present, the telecommunication system licensees are SingTel, StarHub and Singapore Cable Vision.
Under the new Telecommunications (Cable Detection Workers) Regulations 2000 which will come into effect on 1 July 2000, a person who wishes to apply for a Telecommunication Cable Detection Worker's Licence is required to complete a course in telecommunication cable detection work. Currently, the Singapore Telecommunication Academy (STA) conducts a two-day telecommunication cable locating course which provides participants with the necessary skills and knowledge in locating underground cables and pipelines. Only participants who have completed and passed the course can apply for a Cable Detection Worker's Licence. As of end March the STA has trained and certified about 380 cable detection workers.
Applicants for the telecommunication cable locating course are required to have at least one-year relevant practical experience, and one of the following qualifications:
i) Industrial Technician Certificate;
ii) National Technical certificate Grade 2 issued by the Institute of Technical Education;
iii) at least 3 GCE 'O' level passes;
iv) Certificate in Pavement Construction Course;
v) National Certificate in Construction Supervision Course.
Contractors involved in earthworks are encouraged to send their site supervisors and foremen who meet the above requirements to attend the telecommunication cable locating course conducted by STA. Interested parties may apply for the course at:
Singapore Telecommunication Academy
1 Hillcrest Road
The application form for the Telecommunication Cable Detection Workers Licence can be downloaded from the "Policy & Regulation" section of the IDA website at www.imda.gov.sg. Completed forms are to be sent to the Licensing and Enforcement Department at:
8 Temasek Boulevard
#20-00, Suntec Tower Three
Fax: 6211 2230
The licence fee payable is $30 for 3 years. More details on this licensing scheme and STA's cable-locating course can be found under the abovementioned section of the IDA website.
ISSUED BY CORPORATE COMMUNICATION DIVISION
INFOCOMM DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY OF SINGAPORE
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The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) is a dynamic organisation with an integrated perspective to developing, promoting and regulating info-communications in Singapore. In the fast-changing and converging spheres of telecommunications, information and media technologies, IDA will be the catalyst for change and growth in Singapore's evolution into a vibrant global info-communications technology centre. For more information, please visit www.imda.gov.sg.
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Ms Jennifer Toh
Assistant Manager, Corporate Communication
Infocomm Authority Development of Singapore
Tel: (65) 6211-0508
Fax: (65) 6211-2227