2016 - 2019

Contravention of the Telecoms Act (Cap 323):

2016 - 2019

March 2019
No. of CasesType of ContraventionEnforcement Action

Taken
2 Breach of section 29(1) of the Telecommunications Act. Composition Sum
1 Breach of sections 29(1) and 29(3) of the Telecommunications Act. Composition Sum
1 Breach of sections 29(1), 29(3) , 32 and 49(2) of the Telecommunications Act. Composition Sum
1Breach of sections 29(3) , 32 and 49(2) of the Telecommunications Act. Composition Sum
2Breach of section 49(3) of the Telecommunications Act. Advisory
January 2019
No. of CasesType of ContraventionEnforcement Action

Taken
1 Breach of sections 29(1), 29(3) 32 and 49(2) of the Telecommunications Act. Composition Sum
1 Breach of section 29(1) of the Telecommunications Act. Advisory
October 2018
No. of CasesType of ContraventionEnforcement Action

Taken
1 Breach of section 49(2) of the Telecommunications Act. Advisory
September 2018
No. of CasesType of ContraventionEnforcement Action

Taken
1

Aik Leong Plumbing Construction Pte Ltd (“Aik Leong”) was the subcontractor engaged to carry out sewer diversion and manhole works at the junction of Commonwealth Avenue West and Ghim Moh Link.

The service plans and the cable detection report obtained by Aik Leong indicated the presence of telecommunication cables belonging to Singapore Telecommunications Limited (“Singtel”) and CityNet Infrastructure Management Pte Ltd (“CityNet”) in the vicinity of the earthworks.

Despite the above information, on 17 February 2018, Aik Leong carried out boring works earthworks using mechanical equipment without first ascertaining the location of Singtel’s and CityNet’s cables.

In the course of carrying out the earthworks, Aik Leong damaged six (6) fibre cables belonging to both Singtel and CityNet at the junction of Commonwealth West Avenue and Ghim Moh Link. This incident resulted in the disruption of telecommunication services for about 9 hours and affected an estimated 1,050 residential end-users and 35 business end-users.

Aik Leong was prosecuted in Court for the contravention of Sections 29(3), 32 and 49(2) of the Telecommunications Act (Cap.323).

On 12 September 2018, the Court imposed the following fines on Aik Leong:

(a) $20,000 for its contravention of Section 29(3);

(b) $20,000 for its contravention of Section 32; and

(c) $130,000 for its contravention of Section 49(2) of the Act.

August 2018
No. of CasesType of ContraventionEnforcement Action

Taken
1 Breach of sections 29(3) and 49(1) of the Telecommunications Act. Composition Sum
1 Breach of sections 29(3), 32 and 49(2) of the Telecommunications Act. Advisory
1 Breach of section 49(3) of the Telecommunications Act. Advisory
April 2018
No. of CasesType of ContraventionEnforcement Action

Taken
1 Breach of section 29(1) of the Telecommunications Act.Composition Sum
February 2018
No. of CasesType of ContraventionEnforcement Action

Taken
1

Huat Beng Engineering Construction Pte Ltd (“Huat Beng”) was the main contractor engaged to carry out underground cable installation, road reinstatement and cable jointing along Bukit Batok East Avenue 6 (near to the junction of Bukit Batok Street 22).

The service plans and the cable detection report obtained by Huat Beng indicated the presence of telecommunication cables belonging to CityNet Infrastructure Management Pte Ltd (in its capacity as Trustee-Manager of Netlink Trust) (“CityNet”) in the vicinity of the earthworks.

Despite the above information, on 5 May 2015, Huat Beng carried out the earthworks using mechanical equipment without first ascertaining the location of CityNet’s cables.

In the course of carrying out the earthworks, Huat Beng damaged three (3) fibre cables, which resulted in disruption of telecommunication services of about 12 hours and affected an estimated 1,124 residential end-users and 3 business end-users.

Huat Beng was prosecuted in Court for the contravention of Sections 32 and 49(2) of the Telecommunications Act (Cap.323).

On 23 February 2018, the Court imposed the following fines on Huat Beng:

(a) $28,000 for its contravention of Section 32; and

(b) $140,000 for its contravention of Section 49(2).

1

Weng Guan Technology Pte Ltd (“Weng Guan”) was the subcontractor engaged to carry out underground horizontal directional drilling works, along the fast lane of Victoria Street (towards New Bridge Road) from lamp post 11 to lamp post 15 undercrossing Bras Basah Road.

The service plans and the cable detection report obtained by Weng Guan indicated the presence of telecommunication cables belonging to Singtel Telecommunications Limited (“Singtel”) in the vicinity of the earthworks.

On 1 October 2015, Weng Guan used mechanical equipment to pull power cable pipes into a bored hole without having complied with all reasonable requirements of Singtel for the prevention of damage to Singtel’s telecommunication cables. In particular, Weng Guan had –

(a) failed to expose Singtel’s telecommunication cables by manual digging before it commenced its earthworks; and

(b) failed to seek Singtel’s assistance when it could not locate Singtel’s telecommunication cables within its trial holes.

Weng Guan also failed to first ascertain the location of the telecommunication cables belonging to Singtel before it carried out the earthworks using mechanical equipment.

In the course of carrying out the earthworks, Weng Guan damaged eight (8) fibre cables and two (2) copper cables, which resulted in disruption of telecommunication services of about 19 hours and affected 1,086 business circuits and 7 3G/4G mobile base stations, including 2 public institutions.

Weng Guan was prosecuted in Court for the contravention of Sections 29(3), 32 and 49(2) of the Telecommunications Act (Cap.323).

On 27 February 2018, the Court imposed the following fines on Weng Guan:

(a) $27,000 for its contravention of Section 29(3);

(b) $27,000 for its contravention of Section 32; and

(c) $200,000 for its contravention of Section 49(2).

January 2018
No. of CasesType of ContraventionEnforcement Action

Taken
1

Ryobi Geotechnique International Pte Ltd (“Ryobi Geotech”) was the main contractor for the instrumentation and monitoring works for the construction of Woodlands North MRT Station and its associated tunnels.

On 31 July 2015, Ryobi Geotech failed to ascertain the location of telecommunication cables belonging to CityNet Infrastructure Management Pte Ltd (in its capacity as Trustee-Manager of Netlink Trust) (“CityNet”) before its boring works with mechanical equipment.

In the course of carrying out the earthworks, Ryobi Geotech damaged eight (8) fibre cables, which resulted in disruption of telecommunication services of about 8 hours and affected an estimated 1,100 end-users living in and around Woodlands.

Ryobi Geotech was prosecuted in Court for its contravention of Sections 32 and 49(2) of the Telecommunications Act (Cap.323).

On 3 January 2018, the Court imposed the following fines on Ryobi Geotech:

(a) $30,000 for its contravention of Section 32; and;

(b) $130,000 for its contravention of Section 49(2).

December 2017
No. of CasesType of ContraventionEnforcement Action

Taken
1

Eng Lee Engineering Pte Ltd (“Eng Lee”) was the main contractor for the installation of the sewer pipes along Ang Mo Kio Avenue 5 to Buangkok Green.

On 21 January 2016, Eng Lee commenced installation of sheet piles using a mechanical equipment without having complied with all reasonable requirements of Singtel Telecommunications Limited (“SingTel”) for the prevention of damage to SingTel’s telecommunication cables that were in the vicinity of the earthworks. In particular, Eng Lee had –

(a) failed to arrange with SingTel to carry out an on-site inspection of the trial holes dug by Eng Lee; and

(b) failed to seek SingTel’s assistance when it could not locate SingTel’s telecommunication cables within the trial holes.

Eng Lee also failed to first ascertain the location of telecommunication cables belonging to SingTel and CityNet Infrastructure Management Pte Ltd (in its capacity as Trustee-Manager of Netlink Trust) (“CityNet”) before installing the sheet piles with mechanical equipment.

In the course of carrying out the earthworks, Eng Lee damaged eight (8) fibre cables and one (1) copper cable, which resulted in disruption of telecommunication services of about 23 hours and affected an estimated 3,566 end-users in Sengkang, Ang Mo Kio, Yio Chu Kang, Seletar and Serangoon North areas.

Eng Lee was prosecuted in Court for its contravention of Sections 29(3), 32 and 49(2) of the Telecommunications Act (Cap.323).

On 11 December 2017, the Court imposed the following fines on Eng Lee:

(a) $15,000 for its contravention of Section 29(3);

(b) $15,000 for its contravention of Section 32;and

(c) $200,000 for its contravention of Section 49(2).

November 2017
No. of CasesType of ContraventionEnforcement Action

Taken
2

Tiong Seng Contractors (Private) Ltd – Dongah Geological Engineering Co. Ltd (Singapore Branch) Joint Venture ("Tiong Seng") was the main contractor for the construction of the Great World MRT station and its associated tunnels for the Thomson-East Coast MRT Line.

Tiong Seng engaged Foundation Alliance Pte Ltd (“Foundation Alliance”) as the subcontractor to carry out bored piling works and king post installation near the junction of Kim Seng Road and Kim Seng Promenade.

On 11 June 2015, Foundation Alliance commenced bored piling works without first ascertaining the location of telecommunication cables belonging to NetLinkTrust (“NLT”) that were located within the vicinity of the earthworks.

Foundation Alliance damaged thirteen (13) of NLT’s telecommunication cables, which affected an estimated 1,512 end-users in the Bukit Merah, Outram, Tanjong Pagar and Tiong Bahru areas.

Foundation Alliance was prosecuted in Court for its contravention of Sections 32 and 49(2) of the Telecommunications Act.

Foundation Alliance was subject to the supervision or instructions of Tiong Seng for the purposes of its employment as Tiong Seng’s subcontractor in the course of which the damage to NLT’s telecommunication cables was caused by Foundation Alliance.

Tiong Seng was prosecuted in Court for its contravention of Section 49(3) of the Telecommunications Act.

On 3 May 2017, the Court imposed the following fines on Foundation Alliance:

(a) $30,000 for its contravention of Section 32; and

(b) $250,000 for its contravention of Section 49(2).

On 1 November 2017, the Court imposed a fine of $130,000 on Tiong Seng for its contravention of Section 49(3).

2Breach of section 29(3), 32 and 49(2) of the Telecommunications Act.Composition Sum
September 2017
No. of CasesType of ContraventionEnforcement Action

Taken
1Breach of section 29(3)and 49(2) of the Telecommunications Act.Composition Sum
June 2017
No. of CasesType of ContraventionEnforcement Action

Taken
1Breach of section 29(1), 29(3), 32 and 49(2) of the Telecommunications Act.Composition Sum
1Breach of section 29(3) and 32 of the Telecommunications Act.Warning
1Breach of section 29(3), 32 and 49(2) of the Telecommunications Act.Composition Sum
1Breach of section 49(3) of the Telecommunications Act.Composition Sum
February 2017
No. of CasesType of ContraventionEnforcement Action

Taken
1

Singapore Piling & Civil Engineering Pte Ltd (“SPACE”) was the main contractor for the widening of the Keppel Viaduct.

SPACE awarded the micro piling works along Keppel Road to CS Construction & Geotechnic Pte Ltd (“CSCG”).

On 8 April 2014, CSCG commenced the micro piling works without first ascertaining the exact location of Singapore Telecommunications Limited’s (“SingTel”) telecommunication cable.

CSCG damaged twelve (12) SingTel optical fibre cables which affected voice services to 153 end users, broadband/data services to 507 end users and 24 3G mobile base stations.

CSCG was prosecuted in Court for contravention of Sections 32 and 49(2) of the Telecommunications Act.

On 20 February 2017, the Court imposed the following fines on CSCG:

(a) $25,000 for contravention of Section 32; and

(b) $130,000 for contravention of Section 49(2).
1Breach of section 32 and 49(2) of the Telecommunications Act.Composition Sum
1Breach of section 49(3) of the Telecommunications Act.Composition Sum
December 2016
No. of CasesType of ContraventionEnforcement Action

Taken
1Breach of section 32 and 49(2) of the Telecommunications Act.Composition Sum
February 2016
No. of CasesType of ContraventionEnforcement Action

Taken
1Breach of section 32 and 49(2) of the Telecommunications Act.Composition Sum

Last updated on: 03 Jun 2019