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Wireless network auto-switching in Singapore slated for pilot early next year

Published on Mar 30, 2014 6:35 PM
 
A woman stops to use her smartphone inside the tunnel of Bishan Circle Line MRT station. The Government has set mid-2014 to call for proposals to test the idea of wireless network auto-switching, with a pilot slated for early next year. -- ST FILE PHOTO: ASHLEIGH SIM

The Government has set mid-2014 to call for proposals to test the idea of wireless network auto-switching, with a pilot slated for early next year.

Dubbed heterogeneous network (HetNet), this idea of letting users hop across 3G, 4G or Wi-Fi networks may be useful during outages or when surfing is slow on one network. A big part of the plan involves national roaming across cellular networks.

Ms Jacqueline Poh, the Infocomm Development Authority's (IDA) managing director, said on Sunday: "National roaming needs to be developed in a modular fashion. We are already talking to telcos and equipment manufacturers."

The announcement comes three weeks after the idea of Hetnet was first mooted in Parliament three weeks ago. This is part of the Government's long-term goal to ensure that scarce wireless spectrum is maximised to meet rising mobile data demands. A 10-year infocomm and media masterplan, which Hetnet is part of, was released on Sunday on the Ministry of Communications and Information's website for public consultation.

 
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