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Singapore Telecommunications Limited
Public company
Subsidiary of Temasek Holdings
Traded as SGX: Z74
ASXSGT
Industry Telecommunications
Founded 1879 (as Private Telephone Exchange)
Headquarters Singapore
Area served
Singapore, Thailand, India, Philippines, Australia, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Sri Lanka
Key people
Simon Israel, Chairman[1]
Chua Sock Koong, Group CEO
Products Fixed-line and mobile telephony, broadband and fixed-line internet services, digital television, IT and network services
Revenue Increase $18.183 billion SGD (March 2013)
Increase $5.200 billion SGD (March 2013)
Profit Increase $3.508 billion SGD (March 2013)
Owner Singaporean Government
Number of employees
23,000
Parent Temasek Holdings
Website singtel.com

Singapore Telecommunications Limited, commonly abbreviated as Singtel, is a Singaporean telecommunications company, with a combined mobile subscriber base of 500 million customers from its own operations and regional associates in 25 countries at end of March 2014,[2] making it one of the largest mobile network operators in Singapore and the 20–30 largest in the world.[3][4]

The company was known as Telecommunications Equipment until 1995. Singtel provides ISP (SingNet), IPTV (Singtel TV) and mobile phone networks (Singtel Mobile)[5] and fixed line telephony services.

Singtel has expanded aggressively outside its home market and owns shares in many regional operators, including 100% of the second largest Australian telco, Optus, which was acquired in 2000 from Cable & Wireless and other shareholders of Optus, and 30.8% of Bharti Airtel, the largest carrier in India.

Singtel is also the largest company by market capitalisation listed on the Singapore Exchange and is majority owned by Temasek Holdings, the investment arm of the Singapore government.

Singtel is an active investor in innovation companies through its Singtel Innov8 subsidiary, founded in 2011 with S$200 million.

History[edit]

2015[edit]

  • On 21 January 2015, Singtel launched its new brand identity, the first in 16 years.[6]
  • On 19 March 2015, Singtel dismissed all connections with social media agency, Gushcloud. This is after a Singapore blogger Xiaxue, exposed Gushcloud's brief to its "influencers" to execute a negative campaign on M1 and Starhub. SingTel apologized to M1 and Starhub for the campaign.[7]its competitors in the telecommunication industry.[8]
  • On 7 April 2015, Singtel revealed it would be acquiring US cyber security firm Trustwave for $810 million, its largest ever acquisition outside the telecoms sector.[9]
  • In April 2015, Singtel released a new Skype and WhatsApp competitor called Wavee. It allows users to make voice and video calls and send instant messages. [10]

2014[edit]

  • SingTel was fined $6 million for its Bukit Panjang fire in 2013. This is the highest fine imposed on a telco in Singapore.
  • The film factory on Demand on mio TV (Channel 419) ceased transmission on 31 January 2014 at 00:00 hrs.
  • Mobtv Select on mio TV ceased transmission from 7 January 2014 at 23:59 hrs.
  • In August 2014, SingTel announced it was joining forces with five other global companies, including Google, to build a super-fast undersea data cable linking the U.S. and Japan.[11]

2013[edit]

  • SingNet's appeal against cross carriage of the Barclays Premier League 2013–2016 seasons was rejected. The Premier League stand-alone price plan was adjusted to $59.90 per month. Gold packs that cost $64.90–$69.90 were offered to customers on the SingTel mio TV platform. These Gold Packs included other content that did not fall under the cross-carriage rulings (e.g. UEFA Champions League, Europa League).
  • Since 1 August, mio TV was officially renamed SingTel TV.
  • SingTel announced the sale of its entire 30% stake in Warid Telecom (Private) Limited to Warid Telecom Pakistan LLC which took place on 15 Mar 2013[12]
  • SingTel was fined $180,000 for the disruption of its mio TV service where 115,000 subscribers were affected while watching the Premier League games. The problems included screen freezing, blurred images and picture distortion that happened on 13 May 2012 from 10:15 PM. Full service quality was resumed at 12:15 AM the next day.
  • SingTel reached at total of 400,000 customers for its mio TV Service.
  • From December 2012, SingTel started providing 4G LTE services across Singapore.
  • SingTel becomes one of the bidders for the newly opened Myanmar Mobile licences but the bid was lost.[13][14]
  • Mei Ah Movies Channel and Mei Ah Movies on Demand on mio TV ceased transmission on 1 September 2013 at 0000hrs.
  • kidsCo Channel on Mio TV ceased transmission on 1 September 2013 at 0000hrs.
  • Fox on Demand (Channel 417) on mio TV ceased transmission since on 1 October 2013 at 0000hrs.
  • Picture Box on Demand (Channel 418) on mio TV ceased transmission from 16 November 2013 at 2359hrs.
  • Sports channels on SingTel Mio TV will be moved to its new channel number 800 and would be effective from 30 November 2013 at 0000hrs.
  • News channels on SingTel Mio TV will be moved to its new channel number 700 and would be effective from 30 November 2013 at 0000hrs.

2012[edit]

  • SingTel acquired mobile advertising technology company Amobee in March 2012 for $321 million.[15]
  • SingTel secured broadcast rights for the 2012 Summer Olympics and provided 15 new ESPN STAR Sports channels free of charge to its mio TV Services.
  • SingTel apologised for its mio TV service disruptions that happened on final day of the Premier League season on 13 May 2012 that affected viewers around Singapore. Fans missed important moments on Manchester City versus QPR and Sunderland versus Manchester United matches during the final minutes of the 2011–12 Premier League season.
  • SingTel secured broadcast rights to the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League on mio Sports Channel 111–113 on mio TV.
  • SingTel secured broadcast rights for the Premier League matches across its platforms for another three years till the 2016 season signed under MP and Sliva.

2011[edit]

  • In January 2011, SingTel launches Hindi channels COLORS and MTV India on mio TV Services.
  • In February 2011, SingTel provided free mio TV programmes during Chinese New Year for all customers.
  • SingTel mio TV & ESPN STAR Sports showcased cricket's biggest event with the ICC Cricket World Cup broadcast in Singapore
  • On 1 May 2011, SingTel broadcast the BPL in 3D in mio TV.
  • In May 2011, SingTel announced that they will be aiming to double the size of its satellite business, with two additional launches by 2013.[16]
  • In late September 2011, SingTel sponsored the Singapore Grand Prix for the second time since 2008.
  • In July 2011, SingTel announced three more entertainment, sports and news programming for mio TV customers.
  • On 10 Aug 2011, mio Stadium channel broadcast the second Premier League season.
  • On 23 August 2011, SingTel launched the Jia Le channel for its mio TV Services that focused on top-rated dramas and variety shows in both Hokkien and Mandarin.
  • On 30 August 2011, SingTel launched the Celestial Movies channel for mio TV.
  • On 31 October 2011, SingTel mio TV launched Korean entertainment channel ONE HD for mio TV.
  • On 14 November 2011, SingTel launched the KIX HD channel on mio TV.
  • Along with [M1 Limited|M1]] and StarHub, SingTel introduced the iPhone 4S on 28 October.
  • On November 2011, SingTel officially launched Singapore's first e-book provider, Skoob, which was available through the web, iOS or Android.[17][18]

2009[edit]

  • On 3 December, SingTel launched Sundance Channel and WE TV make their Asian debut on mio TV.
  • On 30 November, SingTel announced Russia Today launches on mio TV for free of charge.
  • On 18 November, Both ESPN STAR Sports & SingTel Unveil ESPNEWS on mio TV
  • On 6 November, SingTel mio TV announced Early Bird offers for sports fans.
  • On 5 November, SingTel won the S$21 million Resorts World Sentosa contract.
  • On 10 October, SingTel cut the cost of watching Barclays Premier League games by more than half.
  • On 2 October, SingTel brought two new channels including Astro World on Demand for Malay programming and Kalaignar TV for Indian programming for mio TV.
  • On 1 October, SingTel won the rights to broadcast the Premier League matches across its platforms, as well as exclusive broadcast rights to ESPN STAR Sports for mio TV.[19]
  • On 29 September 2009, SingTel bidded for broadcast rights to the Premier League for its mio TV services.
  • On 3 September 2009, SingTel mio TV announced a new line-up of Season Pass US TV Series titles
  • On 22 August 2009, SingTel mio TV launched Asia's first regional lifestyle HD channel.
  • On 22 July 2009, SingTel launched a selection of British channels on mio TV but it was removed in August 2012 due to the launching of Fox International channels in September 2012.
  • On 16 July 2009, ITV Global's Granada TV Channel launched in Singapore on mio TV but it was removed in August 2012 due to the launching of Fox International channels in September 2012.
  • On 10 July, SingTel launched the iPhone 3GS commercially in Singapore.[20]
  • On 1 July 2009, SingTel launched Football Frenzy, bringing local fans a fully immersive social football experience for its mio TV , broadband and mobile phone networks.
  • On 29 June 2009, SingTel's mio TV celebrates its 100,000th customer.
  • On 11 June 2009, SingTel's mio TV launched the Zee Tamil channel.
  • On 9 June 2009, SingTel's mio TV's US TV Pack is launched.
  • On 15 April 2009, SingTel's mio TV launched an Indian travel and lifestyle channel.
  • On 23 March 2009, SingTel's mio TV launched Astro RIA and Astro ARUNA channels.
  • On 30 January 2009, SingTel announced mio TV's new SuperSaver packs include on-demand and HD content.

2008[edit]

  • SingTel and Apple jointly announced that SingTel will be the first mobile operator to launch the iPhone 3G and its services to Singapore in June.[21]
  • In the month of June, SingTel becomes the title sponsor of the inaugural Singapore Grand Prix in Singapore.

2007[edit]

  • mio TV was launched commercially on 20 July 2007 and began its services on 21 July 2007.
  • SingTel Generation mio was launched commercially on 9 January 2007 and began its services on 21 January 2007

2005[edit]

  • SingTel launches its commercial 3G services in February.

2003[edit]

  • SingTel sells 60% of Singapore Post (SingPost) in May during an IPO in an effort to focus on its core telecommunications services business.
  • SingTel divested its stakes in Yellow Pages in June, its directory business to CVC Asia Pacific and J.P. Morgan Partners Asia for S$220 million.[22]
  • SingTel announced that it has appointed Ericsson as the vendor for its 3G network in Singapore in July.

2001[edit]

  • SingTel is awarded a 3G licence in April.

1992[edit]

  • SingTel is incorporated in March (as Telecommunications Equipment) and became a public company in October 1993.[23]
  • SingTel introduces the call zone service, made defunct in 1997.

1955[edit]

  • The Singapore Telephone Board (STB) is incorporated as a statutory board with exclusive rights to operate telephone service within Singapore. This is followed by the merger of STB and Telecommunications Authority of Singapore (TAS) in 1974. Up until that time, STB was responsible for local services, while TAS provided international services. 1982 saw the merger of the Postal Department with Telecoms.

1879[edit]

  • Three years after Alexander Graham Bell patented his telephone invention, Bennet Pell started a private telephone exchange in Singapore that had 50 lines.[23]

Board and Management[edit]

Board of Directors[edit]

SingTel's current board of directors:[24]

Senior Management[edit]

SingTel's current senior management committee:[25]

  • Chua Sock Koong – Group CEO
  • Bill Chang – CEO Group Enterprise
  • Allen Lew – CEO Group Digital L!fe, Country Chief Officer Singapore
  • Jeann Low – Group CFO
  • Paul O'Sullivan – CEO Group Consumer
  • Aileen Tan – Group Director Human Resource
  • Wu Choy Peng – Group CIO

Network and Infrastructure[edit]

Singtel's international submarine cable network provides connections from Singapore to more than 100 countries. It is a major investor in many of the world's submarine cable systems, such as South-East Asia – Middle East – Western Europe 3 Cable Network, South-East Asia – Middle East – Western Europe 4 Cable Network, Asia-Pacific Cable Network 2, China-US, Japan-US, Southern Cross Cable Network and Unity Cable Network. Unity Cable Network was commissioned in March 2010.

In January 2010, Singtel announced it had signed an agreement to join a consortium to build and operate the new Southeast Asia-Japan cable system (SJC). The construction of the SJC cable system started in April 2011 and became operational in June 2013. The SJC has a length of 8,900 km which could extend up to 9,700 km linking up to seven countries or territories. The SJC is connected with the Unity Cable Network and is designed to deliver the lowest latency connectivity between Asia and the US, specifically from Singapore to Los Angeles.[citation needed]

Key Operating Companies[edit]

The Singtel group of companies includes subsidiaries, associated companies, as well as shareholdings in overseas entities. Its mainstay is in the mobile phone industry, where it has a total subscription base of 426 million as of 23 January 2013:[3]

Regional Mobile Subsidaries[edit]

Mobile company Country Stake
Advanced Info Service Thailand 23.3%
Bharti Group India 32.5%
Globe Telecom Philippines 47.3%
Optus Australia 100%
Citycell Bangladesh 45%
Telkomsel Indonesia 35%

Mobile[edit]

  • Singtel Mobile Singapore Pte Ltd, operation and provision of cellular mobile telecommunications systems and services, resale of fixed line and broadband services
  • Optus Mobile Pty Limited, provision of mobile phone services
  • Virgin Mobile (Australia) Pty Limited, provision of mobile phone services

ICT[edit]

  • NCS, Provision of information technology and consultancy services
  • Alphawest, Provision of information technology services
  • Uecomm, Provision of data communication services

Digital[edit]

  • Amobee, provision of mobile advertising
  • Pixable, provision of mobile photo search and aggregation services
  • Singtel Digital Media Pte Ltd (STDM), development and management of on-line internet portal
  • Singtel Idea Factory Pte Ltd, Engaging in research and development, products and services development and business partnership
  • Singtel Innov8 Pte Ltd, venture capital investment holding

Internet & TV[edit]

  • SingNet, provision of internet access and pay television services
  • Optus Broadband Pty Limited, provision of high speed residential internet service
  • Optus Vision Pty Limited, provision of interactive television service
  • Optus Internet Pty Limited, provision of internet services to retail customers
  • Vividwireless Group Limited, provision of wireless broadband services

Associate of the Group[edit]

  • Singapore Post Limited, operation and provision of postal and logistics services
  • Telescience Singapore Pte Ltd, sale, distribution and installation of telecommunications equipment
  • Viewers Choice Pte Ltd, provision of services relating to motor vehicle rental and retail of general merchandise

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Singtel chairman to step down". ChannelNewsAsia. Retrieved 11 May 2011. 
  2. ^ "Singtel Company Profile". Singtel. Retrieved 6 August 2014. 
  3. ^ a b SingTel Group’s mobile customer base reaches 368 million
  4. ^ http://theindonesiatoday.com/technology-headline/7477-singtel-and-telkomsel-record-mobile-subscribers-growth-in-2010-.html
  5. ^ "Transfer of Mobile Business from Singtel Mobile to Singtel Mobile Singapore". SingTel. Retrieved 1 October 2010. 
  6. ^ "Singtel embarks on new brand promise to "make everyday better" for customers". Singtel. 21 January 2015. Retrieved 22 January 2015. 
  7. ^ http://www.todayonline.com/singapore/singtel-terminates-services-gushcloud-employee-involved-no-longer-them
  8. ^ "Singtel ends relationship with Gushcloud, apologises to StarHub, M1". TodayOnline. 19 March 2015. Retrieved 24 March 2015. 
  9. ^ "Singtel buying U.S. cyber security firm Trustwave for $810 million" (Press release). Reuters. 7 April 2015. 
  10. ^ "Southeast Asian Telecom Giant Singtel Releases Wavee App, A Skype And WhatsApp Competitor" (Press release). TechCrunch. 9 April 2015. 
  11. ^ "High-speed Undersea Cable to Link US, Asia". The Tokyo News.Net. 12 August 2014. Retrieved 13 August 2014. 
  12. ^ http://info.singtel.com/about-us/investor-relations
  13. ^ "Vodafone, China Mobile eye Myanmar". Investvine.com. 5 April 2013. Retrieved 5 April 2013. 
  14. ^ "All the headaches facing the two lucky winners of Myanmar's mobile licences". qz.com. 27 June 2013. Retrieved 11 September 2013. 
  15. ^ Shelach, Shmulik (5 March 2012). "SingTel buys mobile ads co Amobee for $321m". Globes. Retrieved 25 May 2012. 
  16. ^ "SingTel aims to double satellite business | Telecom Asia". telecomasia.net. 2011. Retrieved 18 May 2011. 
  17. ^ Ellyne Phneah (15 November 2011). "Singapore telco offers country's first e-book app". ZDNet. Retrieved 16 April 2012. 
  18. ^ Official website of SingTel Skoob
  19. ^ "SingTel wins rights to EPL, ESPN STAR Sports". Channel NewsAsia. Retrieved 29 September 2010. 
  20. ^ "SingTel Press Release". SingTel. Retrieved 29 September 2010. 
  21. ^ "SingTel and Apple to Bring iPhone 3G to Singapore". Apple. Retrieved 14 September 2010. 
  22. ^ http://www.financeasia.com/article.aspx?CIaNID=27243
  23. ^ a b http://home.singtel.com/about_singtel/company_profile/milestones/companypro_milestones.asp
  24. ^ "Board of Directors". SingTel. 14 October 2013. Retrieved 2013. 
  25. ^ "Management Committee". SingTel. 14 October 2013. Retrieved 2013. 

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