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Technology  8, Jan 2014

Come mid-2014, there will be free WiFi at 28 MRT stations in Singapore

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Commuters will be able to enjoy free WiFi at all the North East Line platforms and 12 other stations with high commuter usage

Calling Singapore hyper-connected is quite an understatement. Come mid-2014, the city-state’s Land Transport Authority (LTA) will implement a trial for free WiFi at 28 Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) stations for commuters to take advantage of.

According to Channel News Asia, the wireless broadband initiative started by Infocomm Authority of Singapore, Wireless@SG, will be made available at “all the North East Line platforms and 12 other stations with high commuter usage”. The 12 stations are Jurong East, Raffles East, City Hall, Dhoby Ghaut, Bishan, Serangoon, Buona Vista, Outram Park, Paya Lebar, Orchard, Choa Chu Kang and Harbourfront.

The report also stated that LTA will be calling tenders for the implementation. It will observe a trial for two years before making a decision on whether the service should be made available at other platforms. Broadband access will be made available at speeds up to 2 Mbps.

Read also: Thailand to get over 400K free WiFi hotspots by 2014

For the record, Wireless@SG is powered by three local telecom conglomerates, M1, SingTel and StarHub, and wireless service provider Y5Zone. Its hotspots can be found at most malls and public locations. The initiative is part of the country’s 10-year master plan termed Intelligent Nation 2015.

Of course, this initiative could also mean people would start posting to social media sites a lot more when MRT train breakdowns occur.

To understand the Intelligent Nation 2015 master plan, see the following infographic:

Header Image Credit: Ritu Manoj Jethani / Shutterstock

Elaine Huang

Elaine Huang

Elaine is a fervent believer that if there ever is a zombie apocalypse, we will all be snapping away at them with our phones and posting them onto Instagram. A Mass Communication graduate of Ngee Ann Polytechnic's School of Film and Media Studies, she enjoys writing about technology and entrepreneurs. When not hashtagging her way through all sorts of trouble, Elaine is probably contemplating how to write in the third person.

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