SINGAPORE: The Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) will be enhancing the wireless infrastructure by expanding the capacity and speed of the free Wireless@SG system.
The login process will also be simplified, whereby the improved Wireless@SG will be able to recognise registered users through the SIM cards in their mobile devices.
Communications and Information Minister Dr Yaacob Ibrahim said they will complement Singapore’s mobile networks and allow subscribers to more seamlessly shift from 3G/4G networks to Wireless@SG.
He emphasized that mobile services have become increasingly integral to consumers and businesses.
IDA will also soon revise the Code of Practice for Infocommunication Facilities in Buildings, so as to ensure that building facilities have adequate space set aside to support the quicker deployment of mobile services.
At least seven additional Near—Field Communications mobile payment and value—added services will also be launched by 2014, to increase convenience and options for consumers.
Separately, Singapore will be making the transition to Digital TV by the end of the year.
Dr Yaacob told Parliament on Friday that MediaCorp’s seven free—to—air channels will be broadcast in digital format and move to high—definition in two phases.
He said viewers can then enjoy the higher quality images and surround sound from digital TV through existing pay—TV set—top boxes or a separate receiver.
He said: "We will ensure sufficient time for households to make the digital transition. MediaCorp will continue to broadcast analogue signals for free—to—air channels for at least two years from the digital switch—on in end—2013.
"MDA will also introduce consumer labels for dealers to affix to compatible digital receivers. This will allow consumers to easily identify the equipment suitable for their needs.
"From April 2013, consumers will be able to buy TVs with compatible integrated digital receivers that are affixed with MDA’s consumer labels. Consumers can also choose to buy set—top boxes affixed with these labels to connect to their existing TVs as the boxes gradually become available."
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