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    Jan 09, 2014

    Free Wi-Fi at 28 MRT stations

    COMMUTERS will be able to get free Wi-Fi while they wait for their trains at 28 MRT stations, as part of a two-year trial by the Land Transport Authority (LTA).

    The Wireless@SG broadband service will be introduced at the platforms of all MRT stations on the North-East Line, as well as 12 other major stations, including Jurong East, Raffles Place, City Hall and Orchard.

    The LTA said tenders were called yesterday to implement the Wireless@SG trial, and the service will be rolled out progressively from the middle of this year.

    After the trial, the LTA will decide if the service will be extended to other MRT stations.

    The trial is part of the LTA's push to make it easier for commuters to work, communicate and have access to information while on the move.

    The introduction of the Wireless@SG service at MRT station platforms is part of the Land Transport Master Plan, which was first announced in October.

    The plan also includes improving its smartphone app, MyTransport.SG, for instance, by adding real-time crowd updates to help commuters avoid congested stations and trains.

    This comes on the back of news that free Wi-Fi hot spots are decreasing. The Straits Times reported late last year that the number of hot spots has dipped by a third over the past year, as the Government has discontinued its funding for the roll-out of Wireless@SG service locations.

    Digital executive Del Lee, 25, said it would make more sense if the free Wi-Fi service was extended to on board the trains as well.

    "I spend less than five minutes at the station, as opposed to half an hour on the train. Still, it's good for tourists, who may need to use the Internet to look for directions (while at the platform)," Ms Lee added.