License fees for facilities-based, services-based operators reduced in SG

The revision of annual license fees for Facilities-based Operators (FBO) and Services-Based Operators (SBO) is seen to encourage new entrants to Singapore’s infocomm industry as the operators realize savings of between 20% and 75 per cent.

FBOs are operators which deploy any form of telecommunication network, systems and facilities to offer telecommunication switching and/or telecommunication services to other licensed telecommunication operators, business, and/or consumers.

FBOs and Services-Based Operators (SBOs) are operators which lease telecommunication network elements such as transmission capacity, switching services, ducts and fibre from any FBO licensed by IDA to provide telecommunication services to third parties or resell the telecommunication services of FBO.

The SBO licenses fall under two categories: the SBO (Individual) License category, where individual licensing is required for the stipulated types of operations and services; and the SBO (Class) License category, where interested parties will only be required to register with IDA before providing the stipulated types of services.

The revision by the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) will result in a significant reduction of FBO and SBO license fees for a large majority of licensees, including small to medium-sized licensees.