As part of the Singapore government's Land Transport Masterplan 2013 initiative to provide better service on the public transport network, free WiFi access will be made available across 28 MRT station platforms on the North East Line (NEL) and stations with high commuter usage, the Land Transport Authority of Singapore (LTA) announced yesterday (August 11, 2014).
According to LTA's media statement, the MRT stations deemed to have high commuter usage are Bishan, Buona Vista, Choa Chu Kang, City Hall, Dhoby Ghaut, HarbourFront, Jurong East, Orchard, Outram Park, Paya Lebar, Raffles Place and Serangoon.
From August 22 onwards, commuters at City Hall, Orchard and Raffles Place MRT stations will be the first to enjoy free WiFi connection at the stations' platform level. WiFi access in the remaining stations will be progressively rolled out over the next nine months.
"The introduction of Wireless@SG on the platforms of all North East Line stations and 12 other stations with high commuter volume is aimed at enhancing wireless connectivity for commuters," said Chew Hock Yong, Chief Executive of the LTA. "They can now check their email, surf the web, or connect to social media platforms on their phones and tablets more speedily while they wait for the train."
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