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Singapore IMDA Extends Deadline For Residential Gateways (Home Routers)

October, 2021

On Oct 12, 2020, the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) published enhanced security requirements for new home routers sold in Singapore.

The finalized Technical Specifications for Residential Gateways (RG), commonly known as home routers came into effect on April 13, 2021. Home routers previously approved by IMDA can continue to be sold until October 12, 2021.

IMDA has received requests from industry and RG vendors for extension of the timeline for compliance, for both new and existing RG/home router models. IMDA has decided to extend the timeline for compliance with the Technical Specification for existing RG/home router models to May 1, 2022. From May 2, 2022, RG/home router models which do not comply with the Technical Specification, or not yet registered with IMDA, shall no longer allow to sell for local use. Unregistered models may be imported for re-export purposes only by dealers with a Dealer's Individual License.

RGs/home routers that are compliant with the Technical Specification will qualify for Level 1 of Cyber Security Agency of Singapore (CSA)'s Cybersecurity Labelling Scheme (CLS). IMDA has collaborated with CSA to provide a one-stop application process and enabled the equipment suppliers of RG to apply for equipment registration with IMDA and CSA's CLS concurrently. RGs/home routers that comply with the Technical Specification and registered with IMDA are required to have both the IMDA's compliance label and the CSA's Cybersecurity Label on the equipment or its packaging.

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