Regulate mobile wholesale pricing, say potential telcos
Published on Apr 24, 2014 8:30 AM
Potential telcos are urging the local regulator to lay down for the mobile sector the same wholesale pricing rules that are used for the fibre broadband market.
Only then will the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) succeed in injecting more competition in the mobile space.
The IDA announced this intention on Tuesday when it launched a consultation exercise to seek views on how more mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) can be enticed to set up shop here.
MVNOs buy airtime in bulk from the existing dominant telcos - SingTel, StarHub and M1 - instead of building their physical mobile networks. At present, there are 13 MVNOs, but they are very small, servicing less than 1 per cent of the 8.4 million mobile lines here.
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