Free Wi-Fi for commutters at platforms of three

Commuters waiting at the platforms of three busy MRT stations - Raffles Place, City Hall and Orchard - will have access to free Wi-Fi from Aug 22.

Platforms at another 21 stations will be similarly connected to Singapore's national Wi-Fi network, Wireless@SG, over the next nine months, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) said in a statement yesterday.

The other stations that will have access to Wi-Fi include all 16 stations along the North-East Line, as well as Bishan, Buona Vista, Choa Chu Kang, Jurong East and Paya Lebar.

Interchange stations such as HarbourFront and Dhoby Ghaut will have Wi-Fi access on platforms of different lines.

The move to provide Wi-Fi was first announced last October in the LTA Masterplan.

Posters and stickers will be displayed at stations to indicate which platforms are Wi-Fi equipped.

The Infocomm Development Authority will arrange for officers to be on hand during the roll-out to help commuters connect to the service.

As of April this year, there were at least 60,000 mobile users on Wireless@SG.

To sign up for the Wi-Fi service, users can either register with the four operators - M1, SingTel, StarHub and Y5Zone - online or at their customer service centres.

Civil servant Jay Yan, 26, said that while the new service was good, he hoped that the Wi-Fi access will be extended to trains as well.

"I usually use my phone when I'm on the train, or waiting for my friends at the exit, " said Mr Yan who travels on the MRT three times a week.

This article was published on Aug 12 in The Straits Times.

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