The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) has today, for the first time, released an information paper on spectrum planning entitled, "Radio Spectrum Master Plan". The Radio Spectrum Master Plan serves to inform the industry and interested parties on the availability of spectrum in the coming years, technological trends in the use of spectrum...
Singapore, 5 November 2001 | For Immediate Release
The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) has today, for the first time, released an information paper on spectrum planning entitled, "Radio Spectrum Master Plan". The Radio Spectrum Master Plan serves to inform the industry and interested parties on the availability of spectrum in the coming years, technological trends in the use of spectrum and IDA's policy direction with regard to spectrum allocation and re-allocation for public communication networks. This is especially important, given that the Singapore's telecommunication industry is currently undergoing rapid changes in a newly liberalised environment. Such information is also valuable to facilitate operators and potential investors who are exploring business opportunities in Singapore.
The Radio Spectrum Master Plan provides detailed information on frequency allocations for public communication services, as well as for applications commonly required by corporate and individual users, and also identifies specific frequency bands to be reviewed. These cover technologies including Wireless LAN, Fixed Wireless Broadband, 3G Mobile and Digital Broadcasting. IDA is currently working on the review of spectrum bands summarized in Annex 1 targeted for completion within the next two years.
The release of the Radio Spectrum Master Plan is part of IDA's on-going efforts to share with the industry its views that are of interest to the industry. With technological advancement and introduction of new services, additional spectrum bands may be identified and existing ones re-allocated. To achieve an effective spectrum plan, IDA intends to update the Radio Spectrum Master Plan periodically to take into account the latest market trends and technological developments.
The Radio Spectrum Master Plan is posted on the IDA website (www.imda.gov.sg) under the section "Resource Management". The Radio Spectrum Master Plan supplements the existing "Spectrum Allocation Chart" and "Spectrum Allocation Booklet" published on IDA website, to provide the industry insights on IDA's spectrum management philosophy.
ISSUED BY CORPORATE COMMUNICATION DIVISION
INFOCOMM DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY OF SINGAPORE
About Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore
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.
For media clarification, please contact:
Ms Jennifer Toh
Assistant Manager, Corporate Communication
Tel: (65) 211-0508
Fax: (65) 211-2227
Ms Dulcie Chan
Senior Manager, Corporate Communication
Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore
Tel: +65 211-1999; Fax: +65 211-2227
Annex 1: Summary of Frequency Band Currently Under Review
|Frequency Range||Review Focus|
|174-230 MHz||To plan for the convergence services, using Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) technology.|
|410-430 MHz||To re-plan for implementation of digital trunk radio systems.|
|494-790 MHz||To plan for the convergence services, using Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB) technology.|
|1964.9-1979.7 MHz/2154.9-2169.7 MHz||To review whether to issue a fourth 3G licence after April 2002.|
|5250-5350 MHz||To review the need to allocate additional spectrum to Radio Local Area Networks.|
|24.5-31.3 GHz||To review the spectrum allocation via auction for implementation of Fixed Wireless Broadband Services when there is industry interest.|