Super Wi-Fi goes commercial in S’pore

The Singapore White Spaces Pilot Group (SWSPG), comprising founding members Microsoft Singapore, StarHub, and the Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R), announced on Wednesday three commercial pilot deployments of TV white spaces (TVWS) smart radio technology in Singapore as well as six new members to the group.

Jessica Tan, general manager of Microsoft Asia-Pacific’s enterprise & partner group, said in a briefing here today that TVWS refers to the unused radio specturm in TV broadcast bands, currently 700MHz, which could be used as an alternative form of wireless communications. Among its technological benefits are the ability to travel over longer distances, penetrate through more obstacles and tough terrain than higher frequencies, and requiring less power and hence less cost, she noted.

With that in mind, the three founding partners have collaborated with six new additions to SWSPG to deploy three pilots using TVWS, sometimes known as “Super Wi-Fi”, within Singapore–the first few commercial trials to hit the global market, Tan pointed out.

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