M1 Limited, SingTel Mobile Singapore Pte Ltd and StarHub Mobile Pte Ltd have been allotted 4G spectrum in Singapore.
270 MHz of spectrum in the 1800 MHz and 2.5 GHz spectrum bands is made available for allocation in the 4G auction by the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore.
The provisional allocation of spectrum for fourth generation (4G) telecommunication systems and services requires the winning bidders to provide nationwide street level coverage for 4G by 30 June 2016.
Coverage for MRT underground stations/lines and road tunnels should be completed by 30 June 2018.
M1 Limited has won 80 MHz of spectrum at the cost of US $82 million, SingTel Mobile Singapore Pte Ltd won 100 MHz of spectrum at US $ 107 million and StarHub Mobile Pte Ltd obtained 90 MHz of spectrum at a price of US $ 94 million.
Allocation of 4G spectrum will give operators more long-term certainty in Singapore.
The newly announced spectrum rights will commence on 1 July 2015 for spectrum in the 2.5 GHz band. Rights will commence on 1 April 2017 for spectrum in the 1800 MHz band.
Operators can choose to continue providing mobile services (including 4G) over the existing spectrum rights prior to their expiry.
All these announcements, according to the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) do not affect existing spectrum rights in the 1800 MHz and 2.5 GHz bands.
"This will enable the industry to better meet the demands of growing mobile traffic, and ensure that consumers can reap the benefits of quality 4G mobile services well into the future," said Leong Keng Thai, deputy chief executive and director-general (Telecoms and Post), IDA.
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