Singapore Telecommunications Limited
Formerly called
Private Telephone Exchange
Public listed company
Traded as SGX: Z74
Industry Telecommunications
Founded -
Founder -
Headquarters Singapore
Area served
Asia, Australia and Africa
Key people
Chua Sock Koong (Group CEO)
Products Fixed-line and mobile telephony, broadband and fixed-line internet services, digital television, IT and network services
Revenue Increase $16.961 billion SGD (March 2016)
Increase $5.013 billion SGD (March 2016)
Profit Increase $3.871 billion SGD (March 2016)
Number of employees
Subsidiaries Optus

Singapore Telecommunications Limited, commonly abbreviated as Singtel, is a Singaporean telecommunications company, with a combined mobile subscriber base of over 600 million customers in 25 countries at end of July, 2016,[1] making it one of the largest mobile network operators in Singapore and the 20–30 largest in the world.[2][3]

The company was known as Telecommunications Equipment until 1995. Singtel provides ISP (SingNet), IPTV (Singtel TV) and mobile phone networks (Singtel Mobile)[4] and fixed line telephony services.

Singtel has expanded aggressively outside its home market and owns shares in many regional operators, including 100% of the second largest Australian telco, Optus, which was acquired in 2001 from Cable & Wireless and other shareholders of Optus, and 32.15% [5] of Bharti Airtel, the largest carrier in India.

Singtel is also the largest company by market capitalisation listed on the Singapore Exchange and is majority owned by Temasek Holdings, the investment arm of the Singapore government.

Singtel controls significant market share in Singapore, with 82% of the fixed-line market, 47% of the mobile market and 43% of the broadband market in Singapore.[6]

Singtel is an active investor in innovation companies through its Singtel Innov8 subsidiary, founded in 2011 with S$200 million.

















Board and management

Board of Directors

As of 29 July 2016

Management Committee

As of 29 July, 2016

Senior Management

As of 29 July, 2016

Network and infrastructure

Singtel's international submarine cable network provides connections from Singapore to more than 100 countries. It is a major investor in many of the world's submarine cable systems, such as South-East Asia – Middle East – Western Europe 3 Cable Network, South-East Asia – Middle East – Western Europe 4 Cable Network, Asia-Pacific Cable Network 2, China-US, Japan-US, Southern Cross Cable Network and Unity Cable Network. Unity Cable Network was commissioned in March 2010.

In January 2010, Singtel announced it had signed an agreement to join a consortium to build and operate the new Southeast Asia-Japan cable system (SJC). The construction of the SJC cable system started in April 2011 and became operational in June 2013. The SJC has a length of 8,900 km which could extend up to 9,700 km linking up to seven countries or territories. The SJC is connected with the Unity Cable Network and is designed to deliver the lowest latency connectivity between Asia and the US, specifically from Singapore to Los Angeles.

As of fourth quarter of 2014, Singtel Mobile's 4G outdoor coverage was at 99.41%, ranked first followed by M1's 99.04%, and Starhub's 98.85%.[31]

Key operating companies

The Singtel group of companies includes subsidiaries, associated companies, as well as shareholdings in overseas entities. Its mainstay is in the mobile phone industry, where it has a total subscription base of 426 million as of 23 January 2013:[2]

Regional mobile subsidiaries

Mobile companyCountryStakeCountry Mobile Market Position[32]Country Mobile Market Share (as at 31 March 2015)[33]Country Mobile Market Share (as at 31 March 2014)[34]
Advanced Info ServiceThailand 23.3% #1 45.7% 45.2%
Bharti GroupIndia 32.5% #1 23.2% 22.7%
Globe TelecomPhilippines 47.3% #2 39.8% 36.6%
OptusAustralia 100% #2 No info 19.4%[35]
Citycell Bangladesh 45% #6 1.0% 1.2%
TelkomselIndonesia 35% #1 46.0% 44.1%


Singtel Mobile

Singtel Mobile is a fully owned subsidiary of Singtel and offers mobile telecom services in Singapore.[36] Currently the largest mobile operator in the country with about 3.16 million subscribers or 45.7% of the mobile phone market share as of September 2010,[2] it enjoyed a monopoly over the mobile telecommunications market until market liberalisation in the 1990s.

Singtel Mobile was the first mobile phone operator in Singapore to launch the iPhone in 2008.[23]

As of fourth quarter of 2014, Singtel's 4G outdoor coverage was at 99.41%, ranked first followed by M1's 99.04%, and Starhub's 98.95%.[37]



Internet & TV

Associate of the group


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