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Singapore’s IDA seeks collaboration for next phase of public wi-fi

Madura McCormack | Sept. 3, 2012
Aims to expand Wireless@SG, invites operators and service providers for input

The Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) issued a call for collaboration (CFC) on 30 August to roll-out the next phase of Wireless@SG.

With the duration of the next phase targeted from 2013 to 2017, the CFC is looking to increase access to 2Mbps or above while enhancing registration and log-in processes. 

Wi-fi uses "shared spectrum" resources and an uncoordinated fragmented wi-fi landscape could ultimately lead to the degradation of the public wi-fi experience, according to the statement.

"Given our high wireless broadband penetration and many sophisticated users, we envisage a continued increase in the use of wi-fi to access the Internet and services", said Minister of State for Information, Communications and the Arts Lawrence Wong at his opening address for the Singapore Infocomm Technology Federation [SiTF] awards last night.

Interested operators and service providers need to submit their full proposals to IDA by 25 October this year.

The proposals will be evaluated based on criteria such as ability to meet the key scope of the CFC and sustainability and innovation of the business plan, among others.

Wireless@SG was launched in 2006 as part of the Interactive Nation 2015 master plan and is aimed at promoting a wireless broadband lifestyle among citizens. The second phase was launched in 2009 with significant doubling of the access speed to 1Mbps. To date, Wireless@SG has 7,500 hotspots, 2.1 million subscribers and an average of 25.2 usage hours per user per month.

 

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