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Enhancing Singapore's Wi-Fi experience

Jared Heng | Jan. 8, 2008
Several major industry players are collaborating to provide better Wi-Fi services.

SINGAPORE, 18 June 2008 -- Nokia, the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA), SingTel, QMax and iCELL have agreed to collaborate on further enhancing Wireless@SG, Singapores public Wi-Fi network.
Launched in January 2007, Wireless@SG is a wireless broadband programme developed by IDA as part of its Next Generation National Infocomm Infrastructure initiative.

Registered users have wireless broadband access to all internet-based services like online gaming, web surfing, instant messaging, voice over IP (VoIP) and e-mail at most public places.

IDA says that Wireless@SG is available for free until December 2009, offering speeds of up to 512 kilobits per second.

Improving usability

The latest initiative, called Wireless@SG Seamless and Secure Access (SSA), will focus on improving usability and security, and involve the convergence of Wireless@SG and Singapores mobile networks.

Nokia expects SSA to push up Wi-Fi usage among users of handheld devices. The mobile device giant is also actively collaborating with IDA and other industry participants to improve Wi-Fi access to the Wireless@SG network.

A free SSA end-user trial started recently in several areas around Singapore. Available for download from iCELLs and QMax's respective websites during the trial period, the Wireless@SG SSA Wizard application allows users to securely connect to Wireless@SG hotspots with little or no user intervention, Nokia says.

Addressing security concerns

Nokia claims that the collaborative efforts on SSA help protect against security breaches such as wi-phishing and VoIP eavesdropping. Additionally, users can enjoy premium services over Wi-Fi such as music downloads and online games.

Infocomm has become an intrinsic part of Singaporeans lives, changing the way we work, live, learn and play, says Khoong Hock Yun, IDAs assistant chief executive. This is clearly evident by the many Singaporeans who have adopted a mobile lifestyle enabled by Wireless@SG.

Participants of the Wireless@SG SSA collaboration have adhered to open standards issued by global trade and standardisation organisations, such as Wi-Fi.

Alliance, GSM Association (GSMA) and 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), Nokia says. Vendors and service providers interested in participating will also be informed of additional guidelines arising from the collaboration.


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