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Singapore Wi-Fi Deployment offers best practices for Municipalities Worldwide

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“We've learned a lot about what works, and what doesn't, for municipal wireless deployments,” said Ken Chua, CEO of iCELL. “We want to share this with others who are planning wireless deployments so that they can adapt our lessons learned from this large-scale endeavor for their networks both big and small.”

As with many large U.S. cities, Singapore has a challenging wireless environment with hills, narrow streets, alleys and high rise office towers blocking line-of-sight. Due to the tropical climate, most end-users prefer to receive Wi-Fi indoors, adding the challenge of penetrating building walls. In addition to handling the geographical terrain, iCELL installed advanced technical features that included Firetide's mesh for triple-play applications, adding data traffic, voice, video and future mobile capabilities. “Singapore provides an opportunity for municipalities worldwide to learn from the experience of rolling out a network of this scale and complexity,” said Bo Larsson, CEO of Firetide. “This rollout has reinforced the need for flexible, multi-service infrastructure that is capable of supporting not only Internet access, but video and voice — with or without mobility.”

 

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