This market research report is one of a series produced by the U.S. Commercial Service with practical information for U.S. companies about standards and conformity assessment issues affecting U.S. exporters in specific sectors, to improve their ability to access foreign markets. Existing standards-related market research such as the Country Commercial Guide standards sections offers a good introduction to the major standards and conformity assessment institutions. This report builds on the information by delving into conformity assessment procedures as they pertain to the telecommunications equipment sector in Singapore.
Singapore is one of the most wired countries in the world. In December 2007, mobile phone penetration hit 122.5% and household broadband penetration reached 79.2%. There are more than 6,200 public Wi- Fi hotspots island wide, which means there are more than 22 wireless LAN hotspots for every square mile of the country. Singapore has a well-developed network of fiber optics cables that span the country. 'Cyber cafes' are popular, and Internet connections are available in most hotels. 3.5G networks based on the High-Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA) standard as well as Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Acces (WiMAX) networks are being progressively deployed in the country. With total submarine cable capacity of 28 Tbps3 and direct international Internet connectivity of 25 Gbps3, Singapore is well positioned as a hub for international capacity as well as a transcable hub where regional submarine cable systems and international cable systems interconnect.
Singapore is a sophisticated market for telecommunications products and services. There are excellent opportunities to sell new applications and solutions to the country and to other Asian markets through Singapore as it is a leading adopter in the region and a major entrepot. Best prospects include equipment, content, software and technologies for broadband, wireless broadband, 3G, and Mobile TV.
The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) formulates and develops short and mediumterm infocomm-related policies, as well as standards, codes of practices and advisory guidelines pertaining to the telecom industry.
Product Certification Process
The IDA regulates the use of telecommunication equipment based on Technical Specifications published by IDA. A Technical Specification is a Standard that prescribes the minimum technical requirements to be fulfilled by telecommunication equipment intended for sale and use in Singapore. IDA also publishes Reference Specifications which describe the network and network-to-network interface (NNI) standards adopted or yet to be adopted by operators in Singapore. Consistent with the policy of technological neutrality, these NNI standards are for general information of or reference by operators, equipment suppliers and the public. The IDA regulates the performance of key services offered by operators by setting Quality of Service (QoS) standards and requiring the operators to submit periodic reports of their service quality.
By Chia Swee Hoon