No. S 261
Telecommunication Authority of Singapore Act
Telecommunication (Class Licences) (Amendment) Regulations 1997
In exercise of the powers conferred by section 131 of the Telecommunication Authority of Singapore Act, the Telecommunication Authority of Singapore, with the approval of the Minister for Communications, hereby makes the following Regulations:
Citation and commencement
1.  These Regulations may be cited as the Telecommunication (Class Licences) (Amendment) Regulations 1997 and shall come into operation on 1st June 1997.
Amendment of regulation 2
2.  Regulation 2 of the Telecommunication (Class Licences) Regulations 1996 (G.N. No. S 278/96) (referred to in these Regulations as the principal Regulations) is amended —
(a)by deleting the words “or Third Schedule” in the definition of “class licence” and substituting the words “, Third or Fourth Schedule”; and
(b)by deleting the definition of “existing licence”.
Amendment of regulation 3
3.  Regulation 3 of the principal Regulations is amended by deleting paragraph (1) and substituting the following paragraphs:
(1)  Where an operator has a licence issued before 1st July 1996 for the operation and provision of any third-party access value-added network service or any audiotex service, that licence shall be revoked as from 1st July 1996 without any refund and he shall be deemed to have been granted a class licence set out in the Second or Third Schedule, as the case may be.
(1A)  Where an operator has a licence granted by the Authority before 1st June 1997 for the operation and provision of any third-party traffic value-added network service, that licence shall be revoked as from 1st June 1997 without any refund and he shall be deemed to have been granted a class licence set out in the Second Schedule.
(1B)  Where an operator has a licence granted by the Authority before 1st June 1997 for —
(a)the resale of the provision of public switched telecommunication services;
(b)the rental of mobile telephone and paging services; or
(c)the provision of telecommunication services through shared use or resale of private automatic branch exchange (PABX),
that licence shall be revoked as from 1st June 1997 and he shall be deemed to have been granted a class licence set out in the Fourth Schedule.”.
Amendment of regulation 4
4.  Regulation 4 of the principal Regulations is amended by deleting paragraph (2) and substituting the following paragraph:
(1)  Paragraph (1) shall not apply to the grant of class licences for bulletin board services where —
(a)no fee is payable to access the bulletin board system; or
(b)access to the bulletin board system is restricted to —
(i)the officers and employees of the statutory body, company or business which operates it; or
(ii)the members, officers and employees of the registered society which operates it.”.
Amendment of First Schedule
5.  Part II of the First Schedule to the principal Regulations is amended —
(a)by inserting, immediately after paragraph 6, the following paragraph:
7.1.  The conditions in paragraphs 3.1 and 5 shall not apply where no fee is payable to access the bulletin board system or where access to the bulletin board system is restricted to the members, officers and employees of the registered society which operates it.”; and
(b)by renumbering paragraph 7 as paragraph 7.2.
Amendment of Second Schedule
6.  The Second Schedule to the principal Regulations is amended —
(a)by deleting the words “THIRD-PARTY ACCESS” in the title and substituting the words “STORE-AND-RETRIEVE”;
(b)by deleting the words “Third-party access” in the first line of Part I and substituting the words “Store-and-retrieve”;
(c)by deleting the words “, but not between that user and any other user” in the fifth and sixth lines of Part I and substituting the words “or between users”;
(d)by deleting the words “with automatic matching of bids” in paragraph 1.4 in Part I;
(e)by deleting paragraph 1.8 in Part I and substituting the following paragraphs:
1.8.  Mailbox services including e-mailbox, voice-mailbox, facsimile-mailbox and multimedia mailbox.
1.9.  Electronic data interchange services.
1.10.  Store-and-retrieve file transfer services.
1.11.  Electronic chatting services.
1.12.  Other multimedia services where the content or format of the telecommunication traffic is changed or processed.”;
(f)by deleting paragraph 1.1 in Part II and substituting the following paragraph:
1.1.  The licensee shall ensure that no store-and-forward telecommunication traffic is carried through the value-added network.”;
(g)by deleting paragraph 7.1 in Part II and substituting the following paragraph:
7.1.  Where a licensee is deemed to have been granted this licence under regulation 3(1) or (1A) of the Telecommunication (Class Licences) Regulations 1996 (G.N. No. S 278/96) (referred to in this paragraph as the Regulations), the fee specified in paragraph 7.3 shall be payable when his licence which was revoked by regulation 3(1) or (1A) of the Regulations, as the case may be, would otherwise have expired and at intervals of 3 years thereafter.”;
(h)by inserting, immediately after the word “operated” in paragraph 7.3 in Part II, the words “through a leased circuit”; and
(i)by inserting, immediately after paragraph 7.3 in Part II, the following paragraph:
7.4.  Notwithstanding paragraphs 7.1 to 7.3, no licence fee shall be payable by a licensee whose traffic is solely carried through any public switched telecommunication system.”.
Amendment of Third Schedule
7.  Part II of the Third Schedule to the principal Regulations is amended —
(a)by inserting, immediately after the word “services” at the end of paragraph 4.1, the words “and announced at the beginning of a pre-recorded charge announcement played immediately after every call is connected”;
(b)by deleting paragraph 4.2;
(c)by deleting the words “Where the licensee chooses the option in paragraph 4.2.1, he” in paragraph 4.3 and substituting the words “The licensee”;
(d)by deleting paragraph 8.1 and substituting the following paragraph:
8.1.  Where a licensee is deemed to have been granted this licence under regulation 3(1) of the Telecommunication (Class Licences) Regulations 1996 (G.N. No. S 278/96), a non-refundable fee of $200 shall be payable when his licence which was revoked by that regulation would otherwise have expired and at intervals of 3 years thereafter.”; and
(e)by deleting “$1,200” in paragraph 8.2 and substituting “$200”.
New Fourth Schedule
8.  The principal Regulations are amended by inserting, immediately after the Third Schedule, the following Schedule:
FOURTH SCHEDULE
Regulations 2 and 3
[Class Licence For Resale Of Public Switched
Telecommunication Services
]
Part I
The following public switched telecommunication services (whether domestic or international) may be resold under this licence where they are provided through a public telecommunication licensee:
1.1Public switched telephone services.
1.2Public cellular mobile telephone services.
1.3Public radio paging services.
1.4Public switched message services.
1.5Public switched data services.
1.6Public switched integrated services digital network services.
Part II
Conditions
1.1.  The licensee shall not engage in the construction or building of any telecommunication system.
1.2.  Where the licensee subscribes to any domestic or international leased circuit, he shall not, except with the prior approval of the Authority, provide his users with any direct or indirect connection to that leased circuit.
1.3.  The licensee shall not market himself as a public telecommunication licensee but as a reseller of telecommunication services.
2.1.  The licensee shall not charge his users any usage rate higher than the published rates of the public telecommunication licensee through which he provides his services.
2.2.  Notwithstanding paragraph 2.1, the licensee may charge a maximum set-up charge of 30 cents for every successful international direct dialling (IDD) call and 10 cents for every successful subscriber trunk dialling (STD) call.
3.1.  The licensee shall publish the usage rates and rental of equipment charges applicable to his users.
3.2.  The licensee shall list the rental of equipment charge and the usage charge separately in his bills to his users.
4.  The licensee shall provide his services without discrimination to every person upon request and any scheme offered by the licensee shall be made available to all users on similar terms and conditions.
5.  Where the licensee provides his services through resale or shared use of PABX, the licensee shall not restrict the occupants of the premises served by the PABX from subscribing to services or facilities directly from a public telecommunication licensee.
6.  The licensee shall enter into a written service agreement with each of his users.
7.  The licensee shall immediately notify his users and the Authority if the licensee ceases to provide any of his services.
8.  The licensee shall, without undue delay, comply with any policies and directions which the Authority may, from time to time, impose.
9.  The licensee shall allow any authorised officer of the Authority to enter his premises and access his equipment and telecommunication systems for the purpose of inspecting any such equipment and telecommunication system.
10.  The licensee shall provide any information or document as the Authority may, from time to time, require in the exercise of its functions, powers or duties.
11.  The Authority may cancel or suspend this licence if it is satisfied that the licensee is contravening, or has contravened and is likely again to contravene, any of these conditions or the provisions of the Telecommunication Authority of Singapore Act (Cap. 323) or any regulations made thereunder.”.
Made this 29th day of May 1997.
TEO MING KIAN
Chairman,
Telecommunication Authority
of Singapore.
[ZLG/L1/04/06 ; AG/LEG/SL/323/97/1 Vol. 1]