Australian telecommunications provider TPG has announced spending a further SG$23.8 million on acquiring more mobile broadband spectrum in the Singaporean market, winning 2x 5MHz in the 2.5GHz band during the general spectrum auction this week.
"We are very satisfied with the allocation obtained in the new entrant spectrum auction, and are now very pleased to have successfully taken the opportunity to add to our portfolio of spectrum assets in Singapore," TPG CEO David Teoh said in a statement to the Australian Securities Exchange.
"The additional 10MHz of spectrum will enable us to further enhance the value of the services we plan to offer to Singapore consumers."
During the general spectrum auction, Singapore's Info-communications Media Development Authority (IMDA) also allocated 4x 10MHz in the 700MHz band, 2x 10MHz in the 900MHz band, and 3x 5MHz in the 2.5GHz band to Singtel for SG$563.7 million; 3x 10MHz in the 700MHz band, 1x 10MHz in the 900MHz band, and 4x 5MHz in the 2.5GHz band to StarHub for SG$349.6 million; and 2x 10MHz in the 700MHz band and 1x 10MHz in the 900MHz band to M1 for SG$208 million.
"The strong interest in the radio spectrum is testament to the mobile network operators' confidence in the mobile market moving forward," IMDA CEO Tan Kiat How said.
"Increasingly, high-speed mobile services will be critical in delivering the next-generation suite of digital services and products to realise Singapore's digital future. Similar to past spectrum auction proceeds, IMDA plans to reinvest the monies received to help our infocomm media companies and workforce develop their capabilities, strengthen digital infrastructure, and ready themselves for the digital economy."
The purchase price is due this month, with the carriers able to use the spectrum to enhance their mobile networks from July. The IMDA has yet to allocate the specific spectrum bands to each winner.
TPG said the new spectrum allocated would complement the spectrum it acquired during the new entrant auction at the end of last year, when it was successful in procuring 2x 5MHz in the 900MHz spectrum band and 8x 5MHz in the 2.3GHz spectrum band for a total of SG$105 million -- far above the SG$35 million reserve price.
The Australian mobile broadband spectrum will be auctioned off in two lots: One lot of 2x 10MHz in the 738-748MHz frequency range paired with 793-803MHz; and one lot of 2x 5MHz in the 733-738MHz paired with 788-793MHz, with bids starting at AU$571.8 million and AU$285.9 million, respectively.