Singapore seaport deploys Wimax

12 Mar 2008

Ships docking in Singapore will be able to access wireless broadband Internet via the island-state's WISEPORT project, meant to increase business efficiency in the maritime industry.

WISEPORT is a project of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and Infocomm Development Authority (IDA). QMax Communications is the designated technology supplier.

Wimax coverage stretches from the southern coast of Singapore to the port water limits.

Four hotspots have been set up at the sites where there are intensive maritime activities, including Tuas, Jurong, Pasir Panjang and Tanjong Pagar, according to QMax.

For these sites, Wimax coverage is provided within the container terminals, oil terminals and shipyards. At least six Wimax base stations will be set up, with each having an estimated range of up to 15 kilometers.

With this infrastructure in place, ships can get Wimax connection while operating in the Port of Singapore, up to 15 kilometers from the southern coastline

WISEPORT is the first project to be launched under the [email protected] Programme, a three-year S$12 million joint initiative by the MPA and IDA.

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