MOU to further strengthen Singapore's position as a maritime telecommunications hub
Singapore, 28 April 2008 - The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and Singapore Telecommunications Limited (SingTel) announced today the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Maritime Telecommunications Technology Research and Innovation. The two parties will collaborate to promote maritime technology R&D as part of Singapore's development as a maritime telecommunications hub and international maritime centre.
The MOU will leverage SingTel’s global satellite infrastructure and expertise, and MPA’s insights and on-going efforts to further develop Singapore’s port and maritime industry.
One of the key projects explores the seamless integration of SingTel’s maritime satellite broadband solutions with the MPA’s Wireless-broadband-access for SeaPort (WISEPORT) facility. This will facilitate vessels close to the shore to switch their satellite broadband connections to higher bandwidth land-based broadband services such as the WISEPORT’s mobile WiMAX service and WiFi, resulting in cost-savings for ships.
Other initiatives include developing low-cost maritime broadband solutions and establishing test-bed facilities to boost R&D in maritime telecommunications technology and services for the maritime community.
Capt Khong Shen Ping, MPA’s Acting Chief Executive, said: “The MPA is pleased to work with SingTel to promote maritime research and innovation in the telecommunications field. This MOU is part of MPA’s efforts to promote maritime R&D in Singapore. I would like to encourage research institutes and infocommunication service providers to ride on the MOU to research and develop new initiatives to benefit and grow the maritime sector.”
Mr Bill Chang, SingTel’s Executive Vice President for Business, said: “SingTel, as Asia’s leading communications company and satellite service provider with seamless coverage over all major shipping routes, is excited to work with the MPA to shape the future of the maritime sector. By creating a platform for innovation and knowledge-sharing, we hope to increase the adoption of ICT services in the maritime industry.”