airYotta, led by former executives of OMGTel, makes bid for fourth telco licence

An unknown company called airYotta has applied to take part in Singapore's upcoming 4G airwave auction when the application deadline passed on Sept 1, 2016.
An unknown company called airYotta has applied to take part in Singapore's upcoming 4G airwave auction when the application deadline passed on Sept 1, 2016.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - An unknown company called airYotta has applied to take part in Singapore's upcoming 4G airwave auction when the application deadline passed today (Sept 1) at 5pm. An auction, slated for early October, will determine Singapore's fourth mobile operator.

The industry had expected OMGTel, owned partly by local wireless systems specialist Consistel, to make a bid instead. But the company did not submit its application.

Little is known about airYotta. Its website was registered just last month (Aug 19).

But the company is led by Mr Michael DeNoma, OMGTel's former chief executive officer. OMGTel's former vice-president for networks and infrastructure, Mr Philip Heah, is now airYotta's chief technology officer.

Announcing its fourth telco ambition, Mr Heah said that airYotta aims to meet local consumers' insatiable demand for mobile data.

 
 

"The mobile industry is facing a major disconnect between demand and supply of mobile data capacity, exacerbated by video-streaming, new applications and services," he said.

Prior to joining the private sector, Mr Heah had spent eight years at the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) as its senior director of next-generation infrastructure.

It is not known why OMGTel, owned partly by local wireless systems specialist Consistel, did not apply to take part in the auction.

Two weeks ago, Consistel was slapped with a $300,000 fine by IDA for breaching its licensing obligations by signing an unauthorised agreement to sell the Sports Hub's telecommunications system to another company. IDA also filed a police report claiming Consistel had submitted false documents to mislead the authority into thinking the sale agreement had yet to be signed.

IDA had said it would consider, among other things, the applicants' track records before allowing them to participate in the upcoming auction for 4G airwaves.