Source: NCB Annual IT Industry Survey, various years
Note: Sales refer to all IT-related sales (hardware, software and IT services) to end-users by IT vendors only. The figures therefore differ from production output figures of IT, hardware manufacturing establishments by EDB, and also differ from export statistics of IT products by TDB. All figures are in current prices.
Table 4. Schedule of Telecommunications Services liberalization in Singapore
Local fixed line telephonySTel will maintain its monopoly until 2007, but by April 2002, other operators may be licensed to provide fixed telecommunications services, provided these are ancillary to their principal services
International callsSTel will maintain its monopoly until 2006
mobile telephony and pagingSTel's current monopoly will expire on April 1st 1997; a second license for mobile phones and three additional licences for paging have been approved
public trunk radio network operation A second licence will be issued by Jan. 1, 1996
VSAThousehold usage remains prohibited, but companies are allowed since early 1995 to operate their own VSATs for intra-corporate use and closed user networks. Reception of TV broadcast signals remains prohibited.
satellite uplink/downlinkPrior to 1994, only STel and SBC (now TCS) were licensed; since then, Singapore Technologies Teleport has been licensed to provide services to other broadcasters (but not telecom. services), while foreign broadcasters have also been licensed to transmit their own signals (ESPN, Disney)
Multimedia broadband switching networkSCV is currently licensed to deliver video signals to the home. STel has been given a license to conduct VOD trials over its telecom network. A third licensed operator may be allowed in 3-5 years' time
Table 4. (cont’d.)
VANsVAN operators are currently allowed to offer their services only to their own subscribers. In the near future, they will be allowed to connect to one another through leased circuits