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IMDA Announces Termination of 3G Networks: Impact on Equipment Registration and Sales in Singapore

The Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) in Singapore, along with major mobile network operators (MNOs) like Singtel Mobile, StarHub Mobile, and M1 Limited, has announced the planned cessation of 3G networks and services effective July 31, 2024. Consequently, IMDA will stop accepting new registrations and renewals of 3G-only mobile terminals and non-VoLTE capable mobile/smart phones starting from November 1, 2023.

As of February 1, 2024:

  1. IMDA will de-register approved registrations of 3G-only mobile terminals and non-VoLTE capable mobile phones.

  2. The sale of these devices for local use will no longer be allowed. Dealers and equipment suppliers must cease selling such deregistered devices for local use by this date.

  3. Only dealers/equipment suppliers with a Dealer’s Individual Licence from IMDA may import or offer unregistered 3G-only mobile terminals and non-VoLTE capable mobile phones for export purposes or overseas use, subject to IMDA’s licence conditions.

Dealers/equipment suppliers are obligated to:

  • Inform customers, from July 26, 2023, about the cessation of 3G services by end July 2024 when selling 3G-only devices for local use.

  • If customers intend to purchase unregistered 3G-only devices for overseas use after February 1, 2024, dealers with a Dealer’s Individual Licence may sell them but strictly for export or overseas use.

  • These measures aim to minimize the number of end users in Singapore using 3G devices when the networks are phased out by end July 2024, and to prevent inconvenience.

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