Summary: A year after gathering industry feedback on the technology, ICT regulator IDA finalizes the country’s regulatory framework for TV white space in a bid to drive commercial deployments and ease demand for more bandwidth.
Singapore has released its regulatory framework for TV white space (TVWS), effective from November, to facilitate the deployment of the technology and ease demand for more bandwidth amid a growing number of mobile and online users.
Telecommunication regulators across the globe have been searching for new, efficient ways to allocate and utilize spectrum. This is essential with increasing demand for online and mobile communications, said Yaacob Ibrahim, Singapore’s Minister for Communications and Information.
Speaking on Monday at this year’s Ministerial Forum on ICT 2014, the minister said the number of online users worldwide was projected to reach almost 3 billion, while mobile broadband subscriptions will hit 2.3 billion by year-end. Citing further data from the International Telecommunication Union, Yaacob added that there will be 7 billion mobile cellular subscription by end-2014, making up 95.5 percent of the world’s population. About half of this, or 3.6 billion mobile subscribers, will live in the Asia-Pacific region.