M1, SMRT launch trial of free WiFi service on 2 buses

M1, SMRT launch trial of free WiFi service on 2 buses

The trial will start with two buses on service 176, a trunk route service linking Bukit Merah Interchange and Bukit Panjang Temporary Bus Park.

WiFi on bus

SINGAPORE: Bored during your bus commute? You can now surf the Internet on Singapore’s first WiFi-On-The-Go service on public buses as part of the Heterogeneous Network (HetNet) trials.

The trial, held in collaboration with the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), will start with two SMRT service 176 buses, a trunk route service linking Bukit Merah Interchange and Bukit Panjang Temporary Bus Park.

Commuters onboard can go online by connecting to the Wireless@SG network on their devices. These WiFi-enabled buses can be identified via onboard signs highlighting the service.

WiFi bus 2

The buses are linked to M1’s 4G+ network through an in-vehicle unit that boosts the bandwidth available to the on-board wireless network.

If the trial is successful, the service may be expanded to the entire SMRT fleet of buses in future, said SMRT Buses' Vice-President Tan Kian Heong.

This is not the first time buses here are offering WiFi service. In 2007, Nokia installed a mobile broadband service called High-Speed Downlink Packet Access on 12 bus routes, which it said was inspired by Wireless@SG that was launched in 2006.

Source: CNA/cy

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