Singapore Puts Ban on Sale of 2G Devices. The government of Singapore has announced that it will stop the sale of 2G-only mobile phones and other devices from 1 Jan, 2017. Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) said that:
“Licensed retailers will still be able to sell 2G products to only overseas markets.”
Singapore Puts Ban on Sale of 2G Devices
The government warned all the retailers that if they continue selling 2G-only devices then they will be heavily fined.
The list of 2g-only devices announced by IMDA include:
- Mobile phones
- Point-of-sales (POS) terminals
- Machine-to-machine equipment
The Government will fine the retailers if found selling 2G devices after 1 Jan, 2017
The reason behind this ban on 2G-only devices is to actually end its 2G networks on 1 April, 2017 to refarm spectrum for mobile broadband (MBB) services. Presently, Singapore’s 2G networks are using frequencies in the range of 900 MHz & 1800 MHz bands.
The IMDA further said that:
“IMDA will work with the three MNOs – M1, Singtel and StarHub – to continue to facilitate the migration of 2G users to 3G or 4G networks. Customers with 2G mobile phones may upgrade their devices while still maintaining their current plans and prices with no additional subscription costs.”
Mobile phone is no more a luxury to have rather it has become a necessity in daily life. For this reason, the government of Singapore, being the first country of the world, has come up with this move. Banning 2G devices will enforce the usage of upgraded smartphones and other devices on customers and Singapore will witness rise and further improve its status among connected countries of the world. It is important here to mention that Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) is among the world’s leading regulatory authorities.