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Private Sector Led Committee Releases Consultation Document On Infocomm Media Masterplan



    The Infocom Media Masterplan Steering Committee has released a consultation document that sets the vision for the Infocomm and Media (ICM) sectors until 2025 (please see Annex A for background on the Steering Committee Members).

2    The document features preliminary ideas that are being considered for the Infocomm Media Masterplan that will be finalised in 2015. These ideas were developed along five broad strategies:


Strategy 1: Establish agile, pervasive and trusted ICM infrastructure

To maximise the use of our current ICM infrastructure and meet future demands for bandwidth and connectivity, the Committee has proposed:

· Creating a Heterogeneous Network to provide seamless transitions to the best available network in range, while maintaining a consistent quality of experience for users;

· Deploying outdoor sensors with Above Ground Boxes, which will act as key aggregation points for fibre access and power needs, thus providing high-speed backhaul connectivity;

· Positioning Singapore as a Digital Harbour to anchor, process and distribute premium digital content; and

· Building a trusted Data Marketplace where private and public sector datasets are available to help generate new applications, products and services.


Strategy 2: Build vibrant, strategic and enabled ICM sectors

To grow Singapore’s ICM sectors, the Committee is exploring ways to help new players enter the market and better support existing companies. These ideas include:

· Creating a Self-Sustaining Start-up Ecosystem, where Singapore-based ICM start-ups can tap on the expertise, international connections and capital of a wide network of private investors; and

· Building local ICM players’ capabilities to provide a Media Service for Next Generation Seniors to enhance their social interaction.


Strategy 3: Grow and retain passionate ICM human capital with required skills

To excite students and attract more young people into the ICM sectors and to ensure quality jobs for Singaporeans, the Committee is considering:

· Inculcating an early interest in ICM and innovation by introducing Computational Thinking to young people; and

· Facilitating Open and Accelerated Professional Development by providing an online learning portal where young ICM professionals can acquire new skills and find new job opportunities. This will create more avenues for learning through work attachments, as well as alternatives for professionals in Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to pursue a degree.


Strategy 4: Enable people and businesses to harness the power of ICM

The Committee is also exploring new ways for ICM to empower other sectors, such as healthcare, logistics and the community. These include:

· Providing convenient and easy access to healthcare through Smart Health-Assist, which uses sensors to monitor an individual’s health conditions and alert healthcare providers when needed;

· Increasing productivity in the logistics sector via Urban Logistics, which coordinates delivery schedules and resource sharing to achieve collaborative distribution; and

· Rekindling our “kampung spirit” through social projects such as Community Time Exchange, an ICM-enabled platform that uses ICM to allow people trade services.


Strategy 5: Build an R&D ecosystem that supports ICM innovation and commercialisation

To realise greater socio-economic value from ICM Research and Development (R&D), the Committee is looking at:

· Establishing a Fast and Affordable IP Licensing Framework to encourage a smoother flow of IPs into the ecosystem for government-funded R&D; and

· Enhancing Market Demand for ICM Technologies and making it easier to translate ICM-related R&D.

3    Mr Koh Boon Hwee, Chairman of the Infocomm Media Masterplan Steering Committee said, “These ideas represent potential new and bold directions for the ICM sectors. As such, we want to engage the industry and public to discuss viable business models and approaches that can support the ideas. These ideas are preliminary and not exhaustive - we welcome other views and ideas to grow our infocomm and media industry and how we can further make use of ICM as an enabler for other sectors.”

4    The Infocomm Media Masterplan Steering Committee is planning a series of consultations with the industry and public from April to August 2014. More information on the consultation sessions will be available at a later date on the Masterplan website –

5    At the end of the consultations, the Committee will take in the various feedback and suggestions, and continue to develop and fine-tune the ideas. The Masterplan report is expected to complete in mid-2015.

6    The Committee would also like to invite interested members of the public to give feedback on the preliminary ideas by emailing A copy of the Infocomm Media Masterplan consultation document is available on the Masterplan website.



30 MARCH 2014


Annex A

Infocomm Media Masterplan Steering Committee Members

1. Mr KOH Boon Hwee (Chairman)

Chairman, Credence Partners Pte Ltd

Mr Koh is the Chairman of Credence Partners, a private equity fund focused on investing in SMEs in South East Asia. He is also the Chairman of publicly-listed Sunningdale Tech Ltd, Yeo Hiap Seng Limited, Far East Orchard Limited and AAC Technologies Holdings Inc., as well as Chairman of privately-held Rippledot Capital Advisers Pte Ltd and FEO Hospitality Asset Management. Mr Koh was also Chairman of the Media Convergence Review Panel, which was tasked to study the issues impacting Singapore as media content and services increasingly converge in the wake of rapid technology advancements. Mr Koh started his career in 1977 at Hewlett Packard and rose to become its Managing Director in Singapore from 1985 to 1990. From 1991 to 2000, he was Executive Chairman of the Wuthelam Group. Mr Koh was also the Chairman of the Singapore Telecom Group (SingTel) and its predecessor organisations from 1986 to 2001, Chairman of Singapore Airlines Limited from July 2001 to December 2005, and Chairman of DBS Bank from January 2006 to April 2010. Mr Koh also served on the Board of Temasek Holdings Pte Ltd from November 1996 to September 2010. He is currently Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Nanyang Technological University, and a director of the Hewlett Foundation and Agilent Technologies, Inc. in the United States.

2. Mr Eddie CHAU

Founder and Executive Director, iSentia Brandtology

Mr Chau is the Founder and Executive Director of iSentia Brandtology. Mr Chau formed Brandtology in 2008 to help companies analyse online conversations in the social media and make strategic decisions for their brands in a timely manner. In February 2011, iSentia (formerly known as Sentia Media/Media Monitors) with HQ in Australia acquired a majority stake in Brandtology. Before founding Brandtology, Mr Chau was the Founder & CEO of e-Cop. e-Cop was acquired in 2007 by a wholly owned subsidiary of Temasek Holding Pte Ltd. In 2011, Mr Chau co-founded V-Key with the main objective to make all mobile devices and applications more secured with cutting edge patented technology, and in 2012, co-founded TNF Ventures with several ICT entrepreneurs and venture capitalists, to incubate early stage ICT start-ups.

3. Mr Aubeck KAM

Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Communications and Information

Appointed Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Communications and Information on 1 November 2012, Mr Kam held senior appointments in various public sector organisations, including the Chief Executive Officer of the Media Development Authority (2010 to 2012) and the Deputy Secretary of the Ministry of Manpower (2006 to 2010). He is a board member of the Singapore Tourism Board and the Civil Service College.

4. Ms KOH Lin-Net

Chief Executive Officer, Media Development Authority

Ms Koh is the Chief Executive Officer of the Media Development Authority (MDA), an appointment she has held since 1 November 2012. Prior to joining MDA, Ms Koh was the Deputy Secretary (Trade) in the Ministry of Trade and Industry, where she was responsible for Singapore’s trade and economic relations in the bilateral and multi-lateral spheres. Ms Koh has more than 20 years’ experience in various ministries and statutory boards, including the appointment as the Deputy Secretary (ICM and the Arts) in the Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts (now Ministry of Communications and Information). She currently sits on the boards of Singapore Health Services (SingHealth), Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) and the Orchestra of Music Makers (OMM).

5. Mr Vinod KUMAR

Managing Director and Group Chief Executive Officer, Tata Communications

Mr Kumar was appointed in February 2011 as Managing Director of Tata Communications Limited and CEO of Tata Communications Limited Group, part of the $96.79 billion Tata group. He joined Tata Communications in April 2004 and assumed responsibility as Managing Director of the company’s international operations. He subsequently took on other key appointments in the company, including the Chief Operating Officer, and was also appointed as a non-executive director of the Board of Tata Communications Limited before taking on his current appointment.

Mr Kumar is also a member on the Board of the Economic Development Board (EDB); Chairman of EDB Finance Committee and Board member of Capital Leadership Institute (HCLI) in Singapore. Additionally, he is a Board member of the National Arts Council (NAC) and member of NAC Human Resource Committee and Strategic Review Committee.

6. Adjunct Professor LEE Kwok Cheong

Chief Executive Officer, SIM Global Education

Adjunct Professor Lee is the Chief Executive Officer of SIM Global Education. He is currently also on the Boards of ITE Holding Pte Ltd, Defence Science & Technology Agency (DSTA), Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS), Nera Telecommunications and SIM University and chairs CRA's Technical Advisory Committee. Besides concurrently serving on the National Integration Council’s Working Group for Schools, Prof Lee also spearheaded the establishment of the Singapore Association for Private Education (SAPE) and is its Founding President. He had previously served on the boards of Singapore Polytechnic, Nanyang Polytechnic, and Institute of Technical Education. He was also President of the Singapore Computer Society. Previously, he was the founding CEO of NCS Pte Ltd.

7. Mr Steve LEONARD

Executive Deputy Chairman, Infocomm Development Authority

In his position as Executive Deputy Chairman, Mr Leonard holds executive leadership responsibility for IDA, with a special focus in industry promotion and development. This includes spearheading the building of innovative start-ups and local enterprises, overseeing various national cross-sectoral programmes, technology and communications infrastructure development and the strategic planning and development of qualified professionals for the ICT sector. Mr Leonard is an industry veteran with more than 28 years of experience working in leading global technology companies. Prior to joining IDA, Mr Leonard was the President of EMC Asia Pacific and Japan. Mr Leonard also previously served in key executive positions in Symantec, Veritas and EDS. Mr Leonard currently sits on the Boards of IDA Singapore, IDA International and Infocomm Investments Pte Ltd.

8. Prof LOW Teck Seng

Chief Executive Officer, National Research Foundation

Professor Low currently heads the National Research Foundation (NRF), which sets the national direction for research and development (R&D) by developing policies, plans and strategies for research, innovation and enterprise. Prof Low has been actively involved in the research, technology and innovation landscape in Singapore for over 30 years. Before joining NRF, Prof Low joined the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) in April 2009, taking on various leadership positions, such as Deputy Managing Director (Research), Executive Director of Science and Engineering Research Council (SERC) and his last held post was as the Managing Director of A*STAR in October 2010. Prior to joining A*STAR, Prof Low was the Dean of Engineering in the National University of Singapore (1998-2000), the founding CEO of Republic Polytechnic (2002-2008), the Executive Director of A*STAR’s Data Storage Institute (1996-1998).

9. Ms Jacqueline POH

Managing Director, Infocomm Development Authority

In her position as Managing Director for IDA, Ms Poh leads IDA’s policy and regulatory functions. These include developing infocomm policy and telecommunications regulations, guiding the strategic Government Chief Information Office (GCIO) function and developing information security. Ms Poh has served in the Administrative Service for 14 years. Prior to her appointment in IDA, Ms Poh was Divisional Director for Workplace Policy and Strategy in the Ministry of Manpower (MOM), where she oversaw policies related to foreign worker management, occupational safety and health, labour relations and employment standards, human trafficking and the re- employment of older workers. She also established a joint operations capability in MOM and handled international relations. Ms Poh is a board member of the Intellectual Property Organisation of Singapore and Singapore Pools.

10. Prof TAN Eng Chye

Deputy President (Academic Affairs) and Provost, National University of Singapore

Professor Tan oversees NUS’ Faculties and Schools, providing strategic directions and setting academic policies. His responsibilities include admission policies and processes, educational quality assurance, budget and resource allocation for the Faculties and Schools, and the development and implementation of new educational initiatives. Prof Tan is responsible for the appointment, promotion and tenure process, as well as the reward and incentive systems for academic staff.

11. Ms TAN Li-San

Deputy Secretary (Industry and Information), Ministry of Communications and Information

As Deputy Secretary in the Ministry of Communications and Information, Ms Tan oversees the ministry’s industry portfolios in the infocomm, media and design sectors, and has oversight over the Infocomm Development Authority, Media Development Authority, DesignSingapore Council, and the National Library Board. She also oversees the corporate functions in MCI. Ms Tan was previously Senior Director of the Strategic Policy Office and the Centre for Strategic Futures, where she oversaw the development of futures planning capabilities across the public service. She was concurrently Director of the Centre for Governance and Leadership at the Singapore Civil Service College. She has held various government positions during her career, including positions in the Ministry of Manpower, Infocomm Development Authority, Ministry of Environment and Water Resources and the Ministry of Finance.

12. Ms TEO Lay Lim

Senior Managing Director, ASEAN and Country Managing Director, Singapore, Accenture

Ms Teo is Senior Managing Director at Accenture, a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company. In her 25 years with Accenture, she has held several leadership roles. In 2000, she set up Accenture’s Customer Relationship Management service line for the region, which she ran for eight years. In this role she spent two years, in Shanghai to establish the practice in China. She returned from Shanghai in 2007 to assume the role of Country Managing Director for Singapore. In 2009, she started up two new practices for Accenture in APAC – Accenture Analytics, and Accenture Sustainability Services. In October 2011, she assumed her current role of Geographic Unit Managing Director for ASEAN. Ms Teo is also a board member of the Council for Third Age and the Singapore Land Authority.

13. Mr YAP Chee Yuen

EVP Corporate Services, Genting Singapore PLC

Mr Yap is the Executive Vice President of Corporate Services at Genting Singapore PLC. Mr Yap has been conferred the IT Leader of the Year 2013 by the Singapore Computer Society. He was also recognised as one of the Most Outstanding Chief Information Officers (CIOs) in the ASEAN region by the International Data Group (IDG) in September 2010. Under his leadership, RWS won the National Infocomm Awards in October 2010 under the Private Sector category for the Most Innovative Use of Infocomm Technology. In 2004, he led JTC as CIO to win the same Award under the Public Sector category. Mr Yap currently chairs the National Information Technology Standards Council (ITSC) and the National Infocomm Competency Framework (NICF) Adoption Committee, and is also a member of the NICF Steering Committee and the National Cloud Computing Advisory Council.

14. Mr YEOH Keat Chuan

Managing Director, Singapore Economic Development Board

Mr Yeoh was appointed Managing Director of the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) on 1 July 2012. Prior to this, he was the EDB’s Assistant Managing Director, responsible for investment promotion efforts in a number of industry sectors. Mr Yeoh has held several Director-level positions in the EDB since 2005, overseeing initiatives in divisions including the Americas and Biomedical Sciences Cluster. He joined the EDB as a Senior Officer in the Industry Development Division (Chemicals) in 1994.


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