Updated: 03/29/2014 01:49

Easy access to Wireless@SG

Easy access to Wireless@SG

From next month, users tapping on the free Wireless@SG will have an easy time logging into the network. 

This is thanks to a new SIM card-based login system that automatically connects users to any hotspot. 

The new system will be able to recognise users by the identification details in their 3G SIM cards. 

And a one-time configuration of mobile phones is all it takes to connect to the hotspot. 

Speaking at the launch of the Next Phase of Wireless@SG programme, Minister for Communications and Information, Yaacob Ibrahim says these enhancements are timely.

"The pervasive cellular network and presence of Wi-Fi hotspots have paved the way for service providers to roll out location-based and context-driven services to consumers and businesses. With the pervasiveness of mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets, the demand for free public Wi-Fi services will only continue to increase."

From June, visitors to Singapore can also register for a free account at any Wireless@SG hotspot. 

They will receive their login details through SMS messages sent to their foreign mobile numbers. 

Meanwhile, the number of public wireless hotspots will quadruple to 20,000 from the current over 5,000 by 2016. 

It will be rolled out at MRT platforms and public spaces like SCAPE skate park and some areas on Sentosa. 

The government will also work with Small and Medium Enterprises to have more extensive hotspot coverage at pubs, childcare centres and industrial parks. 

Users of the Wireless@SG network 938LIVE spoke to welcome the increase in number of free Wi-Fi hotspots.

"I think it's convenient for the public because everyone can log on to wireless now. So if it's everywhere it'll be convenient for everybody. Can save cost. So I won't need to use my own mobile data to communicate with my friends. It'll be good for tourists because you know when you go to country like Hong Kong, they have wireless everywhere. But it's not so in Singapore. If they roll out this new plan, it'll be good."

However, they hope the network speed will be comparable to the mobile data that they are using. 

The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore says currently, two to three hundred thousand users actively tap on the Wireless@SG network each month. 

-By Lim Jia Qi

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