SINGAPORE: The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) on Monday (June 16) announced a regulatory framework for the use of TV White Space (TVWS) spectrum, which would free up additional bandwidth for better Internet connectivity and open up business opportunities. In a statement, the IDA said the regulations will free up approximately 180 megahertz (MHz) of spectrum when they kick in from November 2014. TVWS, also known as Super Wi-Fi, refers to unused or underutilised radio spectrum in the TV broadcast bands that could be used for alternative wireless broadband communications.
A new Huawei-backed wi-fi standard is said to have reached a transmission rate of 10.53 gigabits per second at the Chinese vendor’s Shenzen campus. Currently the fastest commercially available wi-fi standard is 802.11ac which uses wide, 80 to 160MHz bands, signal beamforming and 256 level quadrature amplitude modulation for high spectral efficiency, providing real-world speeds of around a third to half of wired gigabit Ethernet.