The Telecoms Authority of Singapore Act 1992 has been amended to give the Telecoms Authority additional powers to carry out its functions in a liberalized multi-operator environment, bring the Act up to date on changes in technology and new offences, and provide adequate penalties and enforcement measures to regulate telecom and postal licensees.
A key new function and duty of the Telecoms Authority has been included, "to create an economic regulatory framework for the operation and provision of telecommunication and postal systems and services which promotes and safeguards competition and fair and efficient market conduct or, in the absence of a competitive market, which prevents the misuse of monopoly or market power".
The conditions that can be imposed by the Telecoms Authority for the grant of a telecom or postal licence have also been widened, including a specific condition requiring the licensee to enter into arrangements with any persons, including another telecom or postal licensee, for the interconnection of, and access to, telecoms or postal systems, as well as the sharing of any installation or plant belonging to any telecom or postal licensee, on terms and conditions agreed by the contracting parties, or in default of agreement, imposed by the Telecoms Authority.
The Telecoms Authority now has additional rights, namely:
- to require the installation ofany telecom service to any building;
- to require the enhancement of the quality of a telecom service provided to a building;
- to require the developer or owner of the building or land to provide, at his or her own expense, the necessary space required for the installation;
- to require any telecom licensee to install any installation, plant or system deemed necessary by the Telecom Authority for the provision or enhancement of the telecom service, and to contribute wholly or partly to the expense; and
- to issue binding codes of practice and directions with respect to standards of performance and procedures to be observed by telecom or postal licensees.