For Information
February 2, 1996

NTT Provides Assistance for In-door PHS Pilot Service in Singapore

Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT) will provide assistance to The National University of Singapore (NUS) as it introduces a pilot service for PHS (Personal Handy-phone System) service in Singapore.

1. Background

Toward promoting PHS service in Singapore, NTT, in collaboration with the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications (MPT) in Japan, has held seminars on PHS technologies for telecommunications authorities, carriers, and manufacturers in Singapore.

NUS has requested NTT's assistance to conduct a pilot service to examine PHS service while considering it as a high potential telecommunications service that corresponds to users' needs. NTT has offered to provide positive assistance to NUS.

2. Details of In-door PHS Pilot Service

The Center for Wireless Communications, a research institution of NUS, will be evaluating the PHS service on the campus of Faculty of Engineering.

-Place :Campus of Faculty of Engineering, NUS, Singapore
(Address:10 Kent Ridge Crescent Singapore)
-Period :February 1 - July 31, 1996
-Scale :1 PBX, 40 cell stations, 100 terminals
(Small PHS system of PBX type)

Telecommunications Environment in Singapore

1. Nation

(1)Country :The Republic of Singapore
(2)Land : 646 square km (about one-fiftieth of Japan)
(3)Population : 2.93 million
(about one-fiftieth of Japan's population in 1994)
(4)Capital :Singapore

2. Telecommunications Authorities

- Ministry of Communications
- Telecommunication Authority of Singapore (TAS)

3. Telecommunications Carrier

Singapore Telecommunications Private Limited (ST)
- Privatized from Singapore's national corporation in 1992
- Dealing with international and domestic telecommunications areas
- Employees: 11,279 (March 1995)

4. Telephone Service (November 1995)

- Telephone subscription :About 1.31 million circuits
- Telephone penetration rate :45 circuits per 100 people

5. Cellular Phone Service (November 1995)

- Cellular phone subscription :About 280,000 circuits

At present, the cellular phone business is monopolized by Singapore Telecom. Mobile One, a new carrier, is expected to enter into the business in April 1997.