14 November 2011 - The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) has imposed a financial penalty on M1 Limited (M1) for breaching the Code of Practice for Telecommunication Service Resiliency ("Service Resiliency Code").
Singapore, 14 November 2011 | For Immediate Release
Penalty Imposed After a Service Disruption in M1's Mobile Network which Affected
More Than 5 Per Cent of M1's Base Stations
The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) has imposed a financial penalty on M1 Limited (M1) for breaching the Code of Practice for Telecommunication Service Resiliency ("Service Resiliency Code"). This follows IDA's investigation into the disruption of M1's mobile services on 18 May 2011, which found that M1 had not fulfilled its obligation to provide resilient mobile telephone services.
The mobile service disruption caused some of M1's mobile subscribers in the western region of Singapore to experience difficulty in making and receiving calls and accessing SMS, MMS and mobile data services via mobile phones. Investigations showed that the service disruption was caused by faulty hardware cards in M1's backend systems. This affected the normal functioning of a database in M1's network that is used to identify and update the location of M1's subscribers at the western part of Singapore. Mobile services to these end users were thus disrupted. The service disruption affected more than 5 per cent of M1's base stations. Due to the unique nature of the service incident, no alarms were triggered in M1's monitoring system, which affected M1's initial efforts in identifying and isolating the cause of the service disruption.
Given the serious impact of the service disruption, IDA has decided to impose a financial penalty of $300,000 on M1 for its contravention of the Service Resiliency Code. While IDA noted that the fault that caused the service disruption was not foreseeable and not within M1's control and M1 needed time to identify and restore service, IDA deemed that M1's efforts to restore the services expeditiously were not satisfactory. In its decision, IDA took into consideration the prolonged delay in isolating and identifying the fault, and to restore services. IDA also considered mitigating factors such as M1's efforts to compensate end-users. IDA has also obtained M1's assurance that it has taken measures to prevent similar occurrences in future.
The Service Resiliency Code, which was first announced publicly in 1998 and revised in 2008, sets out the service standards and a penalty framework for service disruptions which result in widespread service difficulties. Under the Code, IDA may impose financial penalties which may vary according to the duration and extent of the disruption. IDA takes into consideration any mitigating factors or circumstances that the licensees may have before deciding on the penalties to be imposed for service disruptions listed in the penalty framework. The maximum financial penalty that IDA may impose for a breach of the obligations under the Service Resiliency Code is up to $1 million.
IDA takes a serious view of telecom service disruptions and telecommunication service providers are required to continually improve the resiliency of their networks, in order to ensure that they will strive to always provide reliable telecom services in Singapore for consumers and businesses.
ISSUED BY CORPORATE AND MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS DIVISION
INFOCOMM DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY OF SINGAPORE
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