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IDA's HetNet trials in Jurong Lake District to kick off in Q3

AS part of Singapore's Smart Nation push, the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) will launch its HetNet (heterogeneous network) trials in the Jurong Lake District in the third quarter of this year.

IDA will also collaborate with Sentosa Development Corporation (SDC) to enable technology companies to co-innovate and prototype technologies on Sentosa island to create market-validated products for commercialisation.

The three Singapore telcos - Singtel, StarHub and M1 - and broadband service provider MyRepublic are among companies that will partner IDA during the first phase of the HetNet trials.

HetNet allows for optimal use of wireless spectrum with an Internet connection being switched seamlessly between various types of networks, such as 2G, 3G, 4G, small cell and Wi-Fi, depending on signal strength.

For its part, SDC will provide real-business challenges to address, and local technology companies can prototype innovative technology or solutions to solve the challenges.

The Sentosa projects will cover areas such as the island resort's transportation, landscaping, safety and security services, as well as other operational areas to improve efficiency and guest experience.