Monday, January 08, 2007

Wireless@SG Coverage in Singapore

As some of us in Singapore might have known, the Singapore government has launched the Wireless@SG programme, a project to create wireless network across public areas in Singapore. It was launched on 1st December 2006, one month ahead of its intended launch schedule on 1st January 2007. The Singapore government, particularly the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA), has decided that the two-year period for users to enjoy the wireless services for free will be extended to three years.

However, I noticed that at the moment, the coverage of the wireless service is not as good as what was being announced. For example, my two favourite eating places, Al-Ameen and Al-Azhar, which are located at the heart of the Bukit Timah area, is not yet covered. I also tried to search for the Wireless@SG SSID when I was in VivoCity couple of weeks ago, and I couldn't find it on the list as well. I thought the Wireless@SG should cover most of public places within the CBD and in all town centres across Singapore?

Perhaps IDA should closely monitor the deployment of the wireless services by all the three operators (iCell, QMax and SingTel) to ensure that they deploy the wireless services up to the required standards, especially with regards to the coverage. Well, now I can understand Pak Budi's frustration when he said that it's very difficult to find free wireless hotspots when he visited Singapore, just a week ago.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hello!

I have moved to Singapore only 1 month ago, I am still new here. For the first few weeks we stayed in a hotel where we couldn't access the Internet, so I often used the Wireless@SG service. It worked perfectly at the Paya Lebar MRT station (in the Singapore Post Centre) and in the Tampines Mall. I have used it both with laptop and PDA and it "saved life" for me. :-)

Regards,
Petreny Zsolt

IndraPr said...

Hi Petreny, thanks for sharing. Glad to hear that the service works well for you.

Anonymous said...

You should be able to get Wireless@SG if you move 100m nearer to the empty plot of land (near to Toh Yi HDB estate).

IndraPr said...

Anonymous, thanks for the tips.