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Singapore : IDA unveils regulatory framework to use TVWS spectrum

June 17, 2014

The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) has unveiled a regulatory framework to use the TV White Space (TVWS) spectrum, which would release additional bandwidth for enhanced broadband connectivity and unlock business opportunities.

The IDA stated that when they kick in from November this year, the rules will free up approximately 180 megahertz (MHz) of spectrum. TVWS (also called Super Wi-Fi) refers to idle or underused radio spectrum in the TV broadcast bands that could be utilized for alternative mobile broadband communications.

Super Wi-Fi technology is capable of covering longer distances and penetrate more hurdles and tougher region than higher frequencies like those used for wireless networks. Its use needs less energy and is hence cheaper.

IDA's Deputy Chief Executive and Director General for Telecoms and Post, Leong Keng Thai, said : "The TVWS regulatory framework is a step towards Singapore s vision of being the world s first Smart Nation. Regulators all over the world are exploring different ways to efficiently use spectrum, so that they can plan for their countries future needs. The additional spectrum made available through the TVWS regulatory framework will ensure that Singapore efficiently allocate and use this available bandwidth to support the growing demand for data communication."

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Source: TendersInfo (India)

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