LTA announces plan for Wi-Fi connection trial at 28 MRT station platforms

SINGAPORE - The Land Transport Authority (LTA) announced in a statement to the media on Wednesday that a Wi-Fi connection trial will be implemented at 28 MRT station platforms across Singapore.

The introduction of Wireless@SG at the platforms of all North East Line stations and 12 other major stations with high commuter usage is aimed at enhancing wireless connectivity for commuters while they wait for the trains.

The 12 stations are: Jurong East, Raffles Place, City Hall, Dhoby Ghaut, Bishan, Serangoon, Buona Vista, Outram Park, Paya Lebar, Orchard, Choa Chu Kang and HarbourFront.

Wireless@SG is a wireless broadband initiative by the Infocomm Authority of Singapore (IDA) that aims to extend broadband access beyond homes, schools and offices to public places. Users can enjoy free and seamless wireless broadband access with speeds of up to 2 Mbps.

In the statement, LTA said that tenders for the implementation of the Wireless@SG trial will be called today and the service will be progressively available from mid-2014.

LTA will monitor the trial for two years before deciding if the service will be extended to other MRT stations.

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