Telcos announce plans for HetNet trials at Jurong Lake District

HetNet trial participants within the Jurong East MRT station and at Blk 102 Jurong East Street 13 can now experience seamless transfer between cellular and Wi-Fi on their smartphones.
HetNet trial participants within the Jurong East MRT station and at Blk 102 Jurong East Street 13 can now experience seamless transfer between cellular and Wi-Fi on their smartphones.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Local telcos have announced their plans for Heterogeneous Network (HetNet) trials at the Jurong Lake District, following an announcement by the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore on Tuesday (April 26).

HetNet is a new wireless system that allows users to automatically switch between Wi-Fi and cellular networks, like 4G, in order to minimise surfing slowdowns and disruptions.

Telco M1 announced on Friday (April 29) the launch of its Voice over WiFi (VoWiFi) trial at Jurong Lake District, which lets users make data calls that transfer without disconnection from cellular to Wi-Fi.

The service will also allow calls to and from fixed numbers, unlike OTT (over-the-top) calling apps which only allow calls between handsets with the same calling software.

Both Singtel and StarHub have similar trials relating to VoWiFi at Jurong as well. StarHub users within the Jurong East MRT station and at Block 102 Jurong East Street 13, can now experience seamless data transfer between cellular and Wi-Fi on their smartphones.

Internet service provider MyRepublic is also involved in the trials. Its mobile Internet users participating in the trial passing by the Jurong East Bus Interchange to JLink will switch from 4G to WiFi with no drop in their connection.

These trials will be open to the public from April 28 till June 30.