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.
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: