16 June, 2009

Govt to enhance, extend Wireless@SG programme till March 2013

By Irene Chan, Channel NewsAsia Posted: 16 June 2009 1650 hrs

Singapore-WirelessAtSG A man tries out wireless internet services at a cafe.

SINGAPORE: Singaporeans who have become used to surfing the internet on the go will be able to do so for another four years.

The government says it will be enhancing and extending the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wireless%40SG programme till March 2013.

Acting Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts, Lui Tuck Yew, made the announcement at the opening of the Infocomm Media Business Exchange Tuesday morning.

Mr Lui said since the launch of the Wireless@SG programme in 2006, the programme now boasts 7,500 hot spots across the country and 1.3 million subscribers.

Wireless@SG can be accessed at major public locations such as the main shopping belt at Orchard Road, the Central Business District and major HDB town centres.

The new enhanced programme will include improvements to access speeds of up to one megabit per second, double the current bandwidth, and using a new seamless login process.

Mr Lui says the government will also be rolling out more services over Wireless@SG, such as cashless payments as well as location-based and facility-monitoring services.

- CNA/yt

From ChannelNewsAsia.com; see the source article here.

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