Singapore: Decommissioned 3G Network & Manufacturers Update

The Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), along with major mobile network operators Singtel Mobile, StarHub Mobile, and M1 Limited, are ceasing 3G networks and services in Singapore soon on July 31, 2024.

This shutdown will impact devices that rely on 3G for emergency calls, especially older models registered before 2020. Users of these devices will need to upgrade to ensure continued service and access to emergency call capabilities.  

Singapore on map device regulatory update

Requirements for Manufacturers

After Feb 1, 2024, IMDA de-registered approved registrations for these devices, and their sale for local use was prohibited. Only dealers with a Dealer’s Individual License from IMDA may import or offer these devices for export purposes or overseas use, under specific license conditions. 

Handset suppliers must update their listings to include devices with 3G fallback capabilities. They should cease sales of incompatible handsets and inform consumers via website listings. Additionally, suppliers must verify functionality with manufacturers and had to report to IMDA by June 30, 2024. 

Regulatory Compliance

Non-compliance with these regulations may result in the deregistration of equipment. Selling unregistered equipment is illegal under the Telecommunications Regulations. Suppliers must ensure their products meet the necessary standards to avoid legal repercussions. 

Click here to read the official update.

Quick Country Facts


Certification Body: Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA)

Certification Type: Mandatory

License Validity: 60 months

Application Language: English

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In-Country Testing Requirement: Available with Access Manager 

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