Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Singapore Gets Wireless 2.0

Singapore is about to improve their communications infrastructure, widening the gap between many nations and the United States (currently 16th in broadband penetration). As Boing Boing reports, SingTel plans to roll out nation-wide WiFi service.

Singapore already had one public hot spot for every square kilometer at the end of last year. Communication between hot spots will be augmented by mesh networking, according to the Intelligent Nation report. Commercial WiMax--a wireless standard that allows signals to travel over longer distances than those using Wi-Fi--will begin in Singapore by the end of the year, said Chang.
Clearly there is a huge amount of value that companies can generate by providing this kind of service. Though this is starting to catch on in the U.S., there's still a long way to catch up.

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