Singapore regulator awarded 175 megahertz of spectrum in the 700 MHz, 900 MHz and 2.5 GHz bands.
Singapore telecommunications regulator Info-communications Media Development Authority concluded the first phase of a spectrum auction, which raised 1.14 billion Singapore dollars ($816.2 million) for the government. The auction awarded 175 megahertz of spectrum to the nation’s four telcos, including new entrant TPG Telecom.
The country’s largest telco Singtel will pay 563.7 million Singapore dollars for 75 megahertz of spectrum, consisting of 40 megahertz of 700 MHz spectrum, 10 megahertz of 900 MHz spectrum, a right of first refusal for a further 10 megahertz of 900 MHz spectrum and 15 megahertz in the 2.5 GHz band.
StarHub will pay 349.6 million Singapore dollars for 30 megahertz in the 700 MHz band, 20 megahertz in the 2.5 GHz band and a right of first refusal to 10 megahertz in the 900 MHz spectrum band.
M1 bid $208 million Singapore dollars to obtain 20 megahertz of 700 MHz spectrum and a right of first refusal to 10 megahertz in the 900 MHz band, the regulator said.
Meanwhile, new entrant TPG Telecom committed to pay 23.8 million Singapore dollars for 10 megahertz in the 2.5 GHz band. In December, TPG Telecom became Singapore’s fourth mobile operator after securing 20 megahertz of spectrum in the 900 MHz band and 40 megahertz in the 2.3 GHz band
The regulator said spectrum rights in the 900 MHz and 2.5 GHz bands will commence on July 1, while those in the 700 MHz band will commence on Jan. 1, 2018.
NEC announces collaboration with DHC to promote SDN business in China
NEC announced a collaboration with Chinese software developer and provider Dalian Hi-Think Computer Technology for promoting software-defined networking business in China.
Through the agreement, DHC has already introduced NEC’s SDN products at its data center, and plans to launch a cloud service utilizing SDN technology. The companies plan to establish the DHC-NEC SDN Union Innovation Center, which will be used to expand sales of SDN-supportive products for the Chinese market.