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Smart Ports initiative sees Singapore roll out 4G

M1 CEO Karen Kooi and MPA chief executive Andrew Tan at the MOU ceremony M1 CEO Karen Kooi and MPA chief executive Andrew Tan at the MOU ceremony MPA

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has announced several new initiatives to improve connectivity in the Port of Singapore, including a new 4G mobile network built in collaboration with M1 Limited.

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The MPA and M1 also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to work together in promoting this 4G technology to shipping companies operating within Singapore port waters, to increase connectivity in an effort to improve operations and crew welfare. Both organisations have also committed to research and testing of new technologies to improve the network in the future.

According to the MPA, coverage will extend up to 15 kilometres from the Singapore coastline. Shared mobile data bundles of up to 100GB will be available via M1's Corporate Data Pooling Plans, with authorised employees gaining access through 4G dongles or handsets.

"The maritime sector is undergoing significant transformation with smarter ships, just-in-time logistics and more intelligent ports being built,” said Andrew Tan, chief executive, MPA.

“As a global hub port and leading International Maritime Centre, Singapore believes that it is well-positioned to leverage on the ongoing revolution in ICT, smart devices and Internet of Things (IoT).”

“We envision a more inter-connected port with high-speed internet, extensive use of data analytics and innovative mobile solutions to enhance our port's overall competitiveness. This will benefit all users at the Port of Singapore.”

As part of the Smart Ports initiative, the MPA is providing free WiFi to the public at its port terminals from 1 July this year. The Port Authority has also developed an app, ‘myMaritime@SG’, which will give users access to maritime information and services such as ship arrivals and departures, port and marine notices, tidal information, and route planning.

Alongside this app, the MPA has partnered with the Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) to invite proposals for B2B apps in areas such as enhancing maritime logistics operations, ship-to-shore communications, and remote monitoring of marine operations from shore. The MPA has set aside S$2 million to co-fund projects under this initiative.

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