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Two mobile operators vie to be become Singapore’s number four

Singapore fibre start-up MyRepublic and Australian telco TPG Telecom have been given the nod to proceed to the auction phase of the upcoming race to become Singapore’s fourth mobile network operator (MNO), reports TeleGeography. “Infocomm Media Development Authority of Singapore (IMDA) confirmed this week that the pair will enter into a head-to-head contest in the new entrant spectrum auction (NESA), to be held later this year, having decided that a third interested party – airYotta – failed to meet the full entry requirements.” MyRepublic and TPG will soon kick off bidding for rights to use 60 MHz of spectrum from the 900 MHz and 2300 MHz bands; the reserve price has been set at SGD35 million ($24.7 million). IMDA confirmed that on completion of NESA, it will proceed with the second stage – the general spectrum auction (GSA) – which will be open to the city-state’s incumbent MNOs – M1, Singtel and StarHub. The winner of the NESA can also participate in the GSA, if it chooses to do so. The regulator aims to start the GSA in the first quarter of 2017. Read more

  • Tuesday, 22 November 2016

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