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Big boost for super Wi-Fi rollouts as licences not required

Licences not needed; 180MHz of unused TV spectrum will be made available

Published on Jun 17, 2014 8:20 AM

Surfing from Sentosa and Googling from Gardens by the Bay may soon get easier thanks to trials of "super Wi-Fi", a technology which received a timely new boost last night.

Minister for Communications and Information Yaacob Ibrahim announced that licences will not be required for setting up super Wi-Fi links - as some in the industry had feared would be the case.

Singapore is following the likes of the United States and Britain in pioneering the technology, with Dr Yaacob adding that an estimated 180MHz of unused TV spectrum will be made available for its use.

Housing Board estates are also trialling super Wi-Fi, which aims to provide wireless broadband in hard-to-reach areas and ease the crunch on 3G mobile networks.

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Background story

What is super Wi-Fi?

SUPER Wi-Fi works by taking advantage of unused television broadcasting airwaves called "white spaces".

Its signals can travel farther than Wi-Fi or 3G equivalents and penetrate more walls and obstacles.

This means there is no need to install as many base stations - which transmit and receive signals from users' wireless devices within a defined radius - resulting in time and cost savings.