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January 16, 2007
SINGAPORE -- A new two-tier licence framework for Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) rolled out by the Media Development Authority of Singapore (MDA) today aims to further facilitate the growth of IPTV services in Singapore, leading to tangible benefits for the industry and consumers.
Consumers can look forward to more and newer forms of diverse programming content as more players enter the market to provide IPTV services to meet the different needs of both mass and niche audiences.
Industry players will also benefit from the greater flexibility offered under the new licence framework as it promotes a more conducive and business friendly environment. They can leverage on new technological trends and business models as they roll out IPTV services for different market segments.
Two-tier licence framework
“We took into consideration the developments in technology in a rapidly evolving media landscape and local industry feedback when factoring flexibility in this licence framework to address the needs of niche IPTV players vis-à-vis mass market IPTV players while ensuring that consumer interests are not compromised,” explained Ms Ling Pek Ling, Director, Media Policy, MDA.
“This will enable the entry of more industry players looking to provide a wide range of IPTV services to consumers including those who are currently not served or not well served by existing broadcasters. At the same time, consumers can look forward to richer and diversified content,” she added.
SingNet issued a nationwide IPTV licence
In line with the new licence framework, MDA has issued SingNet Pte Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Singapore Telecommunications Limited, a Nationwide Subscription TV Service licence to roll out commercial IPTV services.
Media Development Authority
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