Free Wi-Fi access in Chinatown soon

Free Wi-Fi access in Chinatown soon
Those who log in to the free Wi-Fi network will be able to access a map of Chinatown that highlights places of interest and popular landmarks such as the Chinatown Food Street (above) and the Sri Mariamman Temple.

SINGAPORE - Visitors to Chinatown will soon be able to get free Wi-Fi access while navigating its streets.

A free network will be implemented on March 28, covering five areas of the popular tourist spot: Smith Street, Trengganu Street, Pagoda Street, Sago Street and Kreta Ayer Square.

Operated by SingTel, it will run at the speed of 360Mbps and be able to accommodate up to 2,000 wireless devices at any one point.

As well as being able to surf the Internet, visitors who log in can also access a map of Chinatown that highlights popular landmarks and places of interest such as the Sri Mariamman Temple and the Chinatown Food Street.

The initiative is spearheaded by the Chinatown Business Association (CBA) and supported by the Singapore Tourism Board (STB).

"Visitors today are increasingly digital-savvy and often plan their itineraries on the move," said CBA executive director James Ong. "Having easy access to online travel sources via the free Wi-Fi network will enable visitors to discover hidden gems and deepen their understanding of Chinatown and its colourful heritage."

The manager of Sago Street dried goods store Hu Zhen Long Foodstuff Trading, Mr Roy Aw, 49, welcomed the idea. "If tourists want to look for the location of my shop, they can use the Wi-Fi to help them," he said.

The initiative is not related to the Wireless@SG programme which provides free Wi-Fi access in public places. This was rolled out in 2006 by the Infocomm Development Authority to accelerate the deployment of high-speed broadband.

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