Singapore launches consultation on regulatory frameworks and policies for 5G
Singapore’s Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) has launched a public consultation to seek views from the industry and public on the appropriate regulatory frameworks and policies for 5G. The feedback will assist IMDA in facilitating 5G network rollout by 2020, as well as identifying innovative 5G applications and services for Singapore. The IMDA is inviting views on key areas including: the approach to allocating spectrum to mobile network operators, in order to support the deployment of at least two nationwide 5G networks at the outset; the baseline regulatory requirements on operators that are allocated the spectrum; and building the broader 5G ecosystem through innovative use-cases, skills and manpower development and other areas of government support to drive innovation and development. As ZDNet reports, IMDA plans to set aside 3.5 GHz, 26 GHz, and 28 GHz millimetre wave bands in the initial spectrum allocation and assign the 5G spectrum through a call-for-proposal regulatory process. “The regulator said it supports the adoption of ‘standalone’ technical specifications for Singapore’s 5G deployment, even though several countries today based their implementation on ‘non-standalone’ specifications. It explained that the latter operate on existing 4G networks for connectivity and such deployments were limited to higher speeds and unable to support the full suite of 5G capabilities. It added that standalone specifications were expected to be globally harmonised by the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) by early 2020.” Telcos will be required to provide standalone 5G networks with more than 50% coverage within 2 years from the start of the 3.5 GHz spectrum licensing. See IMDA material and more here.
- Wednesday, 15 May 2019