Free Wi-Fi on the Go by 2020

Free Wi-Fi will be available at all train stations and 30 bus interchanges by 2020, said the Land Transport Authority (LTA) on Monday (12 Oct).

After a successful pilot at 33 MRT stations, the LTA will extend the Wi-Fi service to all train stations including those on the Light Rail Transit (LRT) network in five years’ time. It also plans to provide free Wi-Fi at 30 bus interchanges and terminals by then.

Since August 2014, the free service, which uses the Wireless@SG broadband network, has been progressively introduced at MRT stations. The final phase of the Wi-Fi pilot was rolled out yesterday, with the latest five stations – Buangkok, Kovan, Little India, Paya Lebar and Potong Pasir – being equipped with the service.

The service has seen 700,000 daily logins, a fourfold increase since its launch at City Hall, Orchard and Raffles Place stations in August last year. The trial cost about $7.9 million.

LTA’s group director for innovation and infocomm technology Mrs Rosina Howe-Teo said free Wi-Fi “enhances the commuting experience by providing an ‘always connected’ journey for commuters”. 

She added that LTA is “very encouraged” by the growing usage of Wi-Fi services at the trial train stations.  “LTA can also use the data to generate useful insights on crowd behaviour and improve the delivery of our public transport services.”

For instance, the LTA can improve designs of MRT stations, such as where to place seats and the number of chairs and ushers needed, by studying crowd density and commuter movements on MRT platforms.

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Sources: “Free Wi-Fi on the go in Singapore by 2020”, (The Straits Times, 13 October 2015) and “Free Wi-Fi at all MRT, LRT stations by 2020”, (TODAY, 12 October 2015)

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