Singapore – PSTN Services Licensing

The telecommunications market in Singapore has been fully liberalized since April 1, 2001.  Thus, no operator in Singapore has exclusivity over the provision of PSTN services. 

There are two types of licences in Singapore:  facilities-based operator (“FBO”) licences and services-based operator (“SBO”) licences.  SBO licences are further categorized as “individual licences” or “class licences”.  Operators may provide public switched telecommunications services in one of two ways:

  • On a facilities basis, by acquiring an FBO licence, or
  • On a resale basis, by acquiring an SBO (Class) licence.

 

Operators that have an FBO licence may provide public switched telecommunications services using their own network and facilities or through the resale of services on another FBO licensee.  These operators may use any form of telecommunications infrastructure they choose to deliver the services, subject to applicable radio frequency licensing requirements.

 

By contrast, SBO (Class) licensees are not permitted to offer public switched telecommunications services using their own facilities or networks.  SBO (Class) licencees are only permitted to resell the public switched telecommunications services of an FBO licensee. 

 

Interested persons are required to apply for an FBO licence.  Provision of services pursuant to an SBO (Class) licence is subject only to a registration requirement.

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