30 May 2018
On 20 April 2018, the Infocomm Media Development Authority (“IMDA”) released a second consultation paper (“second public consultation”) on the review of the Code of Practice for Info-Communication Facilities in Buildings (“COPIF”). In response to requests from the industry, IMDA has extended the deadline for submission of feedback in relation to the second public consultation from 17 May 2018 to 8 June 2018.
By way of background, IMDA conducted the first public consultation on the proposed key changes to the COPIF (“first public consultation”) between 26 April 2017 and 21 June 2017 to reflect the Telecommunications Act amendments effected in 2017, as well as to keep pace with market and technology developments.
IMDA notes that some additional issues were raised following the feedback received from the first public consultation. These include some new market developments related to residential co-axial cabling, giving rise to modifications not previously anticipated under the first public consultation, which would require new proposed amendments to COPIF requirements as part of this second round of public consultation. Having considered these recent market developments and assessed the feedback from the first public consultation together with IMDA’s overall policy objectives and purpose of the COPIF, IMDA invites further comments and views on the draft of the revised COPIF (“Proposed Revised Code”). In order to improve clarity and ensure that the regulatory framework remains relevant to the recent market developments, IMDA has:
- refined requirements on the responsibilities and obligations of respective building developers or owners of developments and telecommunication licensees, in connection with the info-communication space and facilities provided pursuant to the COPIF; and
- proposed modifications to in-home co-axial cabling requirements for residential developments.
For example, in relation to charges incurred in connection with access to rooftop mobile deployment space (“MDS”), IMDA has included more details in relation to the stakeholders’ responsibilities in the Proposed Revised Code to minimise potential disputes on the responsibility for costs. IMDA will incorporate provisions into the Proposed Revised Code that expand the scope of MDS to be used to house equipment to not only serve the property development itself, but also a wider area beyond the development. IMDA has also refined obligations to safeguard developers’/owners’ interests (e.g. by way of requirements for mobile network operators (“MNOs”) to reasonably address concerns raised), while requiring the developers’/owners’ provision of MNOs’ access to rooftop MDS in the Proposed Revised Code. There will also be more details in the Proposed Revised Code on network and service resilience as well as infrastructure requirements.
The following materials are available on the IMDA website www.imda.gov.sg:
- Explanatory Memorandum - Second Public Consultation on the Review of The Code of Practice for Info-Communication Facilities in Buildings (COPIF)
- Draft Revised COPIF