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Proposed Changes to Internal Wiring Framework to Ensure Better Quality of Work

15 July 2014 - IDA seeks public feedback for its proposed revisions to the Internal Wiring (IW) Framework.

Singapore, 15 July 2014 | For Immediate Release

Proposed Changes to Internal Wiring Framework to Ensure Better Quality of Work

IDA seeks public feedback for its proposed revisions to the Internal Wiring (IW) Framework.

The Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) is seeking views through a public consultation on proposed changes to the IW Framework, which currently regulates the standards, deployment and installation of telephone lines. The proposed changes include expanding the framework to the installation of other types of cables, such as coaxial cables1, the Nationwide Broadband Network’s (NBN) optical fibre cables2, and structured cabling3.

These changes take into account today’s context of homes and offices having different types of telecommunications cables, aside from the telephone lines which are made of twisted-pair copper cables. The proposed changes aim to ensure the proper installation of the various types of cables in homes and offices through trained and qualified contractors.

Some of the key proposed changes include:

(i) Expanding the scope of the IW Framework to include installation/deployment of coaxial, optical fibre, and structured cabling; and

(ii) Mandatory licensing for IW workers who have to be certified through relevant courses approved by IDA, or possess the necessary certification from the Public Telecommunications Licensees (PTLs). 

Under the proposed changes, licensed IW workers will have to meet the standards set for internal wiring works. End users will be able to go to IDA’s website to look for licensed IW workers to install or expand the cabling within their premises. With the proposed changes, end-users can contact IDA on any issue regarding the quality of the works done. This allows IDA to investigate complaints on the four types of internal wiring works, and require defaulting contractors to rectify the defects.

The public consultation exercise will be held from 15 July 2014 to 15 August 2014. For more information, please refer to this webpage here.


Note to Editor

1Coaxial cables deliver free-to-air and pay-TV content from broadcasters.
2The NBN is Singapore’s all-fibre ultra-high-speed broadband network that is capable of delivering speeds of 1Gbps and above, to all homes, offices and schools to offer pervasive connectivity around Singapore.
3Category 5E and above, for wired home networking. They are commonly known as Local Area Network (LAN) cables.

About Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore

The mission of the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) is to develop information technology and telecommunications within Singapore with a view to serve citizens of all ages and companies of all sizes.  IDA does this by actively supporting the growth of innovative technology companies and start-ups in Singapore, working with leading global IT companies as well as developing excellent information technology and telecommunications infrastructure, policies and capabilities for Singapore.  For more news and information, visit

For media clarifications, please contact:

Adrian CHAN (Mr)
Manager, Corporate and Marketing Communication
Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore
DID: (65) 6211 1510