Scottish Li-Fi firm pureLifi has announced that they are to work with the Singapore government to bring the revolutionary technology to the South-Asian city-state.
The development is the latest leap forward in the up-hill gallop that is the progression of Li-Fi.
The first live demonstration of the technology in front of an audience was given just a few weeks ago at LuxLive in London.
pureLifi will be working with Singaporean government agency the Infocomm Development Media Authority (IMDA) to conduct joint Li-Fi trials in the Lion City.
Last month the IMDA began the process of facilitating the trial with the hopes of one day making Singapore the world leader in Li-Fi technology.
The government has acted to remove some regulatory barriers that would stand in the way of the advance of Li-Fi, including waiving spectrum fees (similar to line rental) in the 400-800THz band.
‘Li-Fi is a technology that will create new markets and merge two huge industries, lighting and communications,’ pureLiFi CEO Alistair Banham
The administration has also invited private companies to participate in the Li-Fi trials.
The tests will be the first governmental partnership that pureLifi has made and follows the financial backing of the Singaporean state investment firm Temasek Holdings.
‘Li-Fi is a technology that will create new markets and merge two huge industries, lighting and communications,’ pureLiFi CEO Alistair Banham commented.
pureLiFi hopes that the technology is the answer to the bandwidth crunch that is currently challenging the dominance of Wi-Fi. The company hopes that Li-Fi can work hand-in-hand with wi-fi to help to reduce the squeeze on the latter technology.
Li-Fi works by turning light fittings into wireless internet points and, it is claimed, offers a much more secure and, potentially, faster service than Wi-Fi.