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Free Wi-Fi for World Bank meeting

Singapore gears up for IMF's arrival

Singapore's IDA (Infocomm Development Authority) is testing a free wireless internet service ahead of the annual meetings of the boards of governors of the IMF (International Monetary Fund) and World Bank, which take place this month in Singapore.

Singapore's government is taking advantage of the IMF and World Bank meetings to showcase the country's advanced technology infrastructure, including the use of 3G (third-generation) mobile networks.

The Wi-Fi trial covers part of downtown Singapore around the Suntec Singapore International Conference and Exhibition Centre, where the IMF and World Bank meetings will be held, and includes five nearby shopping centres, the IDA said. Users will be able to surf the internet for free in these areas at speeds of 512kbps (kilobits per second), it said, asking for Singaporeans to test the network and offer their feedback on the service.

The month-long trial of the Wi-Fi service, called Wireless@SG, began on Saturday and comes ahead of plans to roll out a free nationwide Wi-Fi service. The national Wireless@SG service will enter operation in Singapore during January 2007.


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