Singapore is now the World’s First WiMax Sea Port

by OldSailor on March 7, 2008

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Singapore has now become the World’s First WiMax Sea Port (WIreless-broadband-access for SEa Port, or WISEPORT) by the joint efforts of Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) and QMax Communications Pte Ltd (QMax). The WISEPORT project was carried out in three years at a cost of S$12 million.

The interesting features are:

  • ships in southern Singapore coast can now access mobile broad band connectivity with a thumb drive sized WiMAX modem up to a range of 15 kilo metres
  • download speeds of 512kbps to 8Mbps are available with higher bandwidth and is better than 3G cellular broadband service
  • activities by the ships such as regulatory filings, electronic data exchanges and access to Internet based applications which were possible so far only on shore can now be done offshore
  • prominent marine agencies like Shell, APL, Global Marine Transportation and Tropical Marine Science Institute (TMSI) have shown keen interest in this project
  • one year free unlimited data access at 512kbps is offered to the first 500 maritime companies during the first year of the WISEPORT launch
  • three base stations one each at Fuji Xerox Towers in the CBD, PSA Building in the west and Institute for Chemical Engineering and Sciences (ICES) Building on Jurong Island have been set up
  • more base stations would be set up depending on the demand
  • the service would also be available at container terminals, oil terminals and shipyards at Tuas, Jurong, Pasir Panjang and Tanjong Pagar

It is high time for the other sea ports also to follow the foot steps of Singapore.

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