Singapore and Intel form wireless pact

  • Business
  • Thursday, 06 Mar 2003

SINGAPORE: The world's largest chipmaker, Intel Corp, and Singapore's telecoms watchdog unveiled a project yesterday to promote wireless connectivity in Asia. 

The S$3.9mil project would attempt to bridge different wireless and fixed networks, allowing users to roam the region seamlessly, a joint statement from Intel and the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) said. IDA will own 40% of the operation, with the rest taken up by Intel. 

Currently a wide range of operators provide mobile services for laptops and Personal Data Assistants (PDAs) on various fixed-line and wireless networks based on different technical standards. 

This has resulted in multiple but isolated pockets of connectivity for Wireless Local Area Networks (WLAN), forcing users of mobile laptops and PDAs to subscribe to different operators and receive different bills for switching networks. 

“This collaboration is the first of its kind to involve participation by operators and vendors from the Asia-Pacific region and beyond,” IDA chief executive Tan Ching Yee told a news conference. 

He said the IDA and Intel would work jointly to resolve issues between wireless and fixed networks through a series of studies and technical trials. – Reuters 

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