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HetNet trial at MRT stations to begin next year

Zafirah Salim | Jan. 5, 2015
This new network allows MRT commuters to surf seamlessly at speeds of up to 1Gbps, without any disruptions.

The Singapore government announced last week (Dec 30) that it will launch a trial early next year to test the feasibility of providing uninterrupted high-speed internet access to mobile devices when users move from their homes to MRT stations in the vicinity.

Called HetNet - short for heterogeneous network - it allows data access speeds of up to 1 Gbps, and users will be able to seamlessly switch between different network types while maintaining a consistently good experience.

According to findings from a consultation exercise on the Infocomm Media Masterplan, the Infocomm Media Masterplan Steering Committee said the authorities will partner with interested companies on potential industry projects to achieve this.

"For these trials, the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) will facilitate mobile operators' access to key public infrastructure," the committee said.

Other ideas on the drawing board include creating an equity crowdfunding framework for Singapore.

The consultation took place between March 31 and Sept 30, and it garnered feedback from more than 570 respondents.

According to an online report by AsiaOne, HetNet is part of the government's long-term goal to ensure that the little wireless spectrum available is maximised to meet rising mobile data demands.

It added that Singapore could be among the first countries to adopt HetNet after Holland, which rolled out the system following a 2012 disruption of operator Vodafone's mobile services which affected about a quarter of its five million users for several days.


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