City-state telcos to trial high speed, disruption-free ‘HetNet’ in Q3

22 Apr 2015

Singapore’s three principal incumbent telecoms service providers – Singtel, StarHub and M1 – along with would-be market entrant MyRepublic, are working together to trial a new network at Jurong Lake District from the third quarter of this year, allowing commuters to access the internet at ultra-high speed with no fear of service disruption. The Straits Times writes that the trial of the new network, dubbed ‘HetNet’, will kick off in 3Q15, with each operator rolling out new equipment in common areas at Jurong Lake District, such as bus stations, pedestrian walkways and the Jurong East MRT (metro rail) station. Short for heterogeneous network, HetNet reportedly will allow users to switch between 3G, 4G and Wi-Fi networks during disruptions or service slowdowns, irrespective of which company operates them. By the end of this year the government hopes to be in a position to evaluate the multi-operator trial, with a view to ensuring that in the long term it is able to optimise the use of Singapore’s precious radio spectrum resources. Khoong Hock Yun, the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) assistant chief executive officer, commented: ‘We want to see how we can be better prepared to have everyone connected everywhere all the time.’

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