Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore
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|Formed||December 1, 1999|
|Jurisdiction||Government of Singapore|
|Headquarters||10 Pasir Panjang Road. #10-01 Mapletree Business City. Singapore 117438|
|Annual budget||$34 million SGD (2011)[better source needed]|
|Parent agency||Ministry of Communications and Information|
The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (Abbreviation: IDA; Chinese: 新加坡资讯通信发展管理局; Malay: Penguasa Pembangunan Infokom Singapura) is a statutory board of the Singapore government, under the Ministry of Communications and Information (MCI). It was formed in 1999 when the government merged the National Computer Board (NCB) and Telecommunication Authority of Singapore (TAS), as a result of a growing convergence of information technology and telephony. The Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) is responsible for the development and growth of the infocomm sector in Singapore. IDA functions as the country's infocomm industry champion, the national infocomm master-planner and developer, and the Government Chief Information Officer (CIO).
On 18 January 2016, MCI announced that IDA and the Media Development Authority (MDA) will be restructured into two new entities, which are tentatively named the Info-communications Media Development Authority (IMDA) and the Government Technology Organisation (GTO), in the second half of 2016.
Intelligent Nation 2015
Led by Steve Leonard, the former head of EMC & Symantec in Asia, IDA is in charge of the nation's 10-year infocomm masterplan, also known as Intelligent Nation 2015 (iN2015), which has since been succeeded by the Infocomm Media 2025 plan. Through iN2015, two key components introduced as part of the Next Generation National Infocomm Infrastructure (NGNII) initiative are, firstly, Wireless@SG—a wireless broadband programme developed by IDA—and secondly, the Next Generation Nationwide Broadband Network (Next Gen NBN)—a nationwide ultra-high speed broadband network supporting speeds of up to 1Gbs targeted for completion in 2012.
Programmes and initiatives
IDA oversees and / or participates in a variety of programmes and initiatives across Singapore. A few of the key ones:
- eCitizen portal, Gateway to all Singapore Government services
- Infocomm Talent Portal, One-Stop Infocomm Educational and Career Resource Portal
- Singapore’s e-Government website
- e-Government Leadership Centre
- Personal Data Protection Commission
Policies and regulations
- Consultation Papers & Decisions
IDA has four subsidiaries set up to perform specific functions that are beyond IDA's primary role and responsibilities. The subsidiaries are IDA International, IDA International official website, Infocomm Investments Pte Ltd (IIPL), Singapore Network Information Centre (SGNIC), and Assurity Trusted Solutions Pte Ltd.
There are also some possible conflicts with which mainly concern the aspects of Net Neutrality:
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