Faster free Wi-Fi in Singapore


Residents of the Asian country need not worry about keeping up with cyberspace as Singapore’s free Wi-Fi has gotten a speed boost this week.

Wireless@SG went from 512Kbps to 1Mbps making it much faster and accessible for internet lovers. Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), the government agency that oversees the service, announced in a statement that they also plan to add new features to the network.

The new features include location-based services and secure automated login capabilities. These will be added by January of next year. Advertising, payments and facility monitoring will soon be added to the service too, although the IDC did not give any timeframe.

Wireless@SG has already 7,500 hotspots which are managed by three operators: iCell Network, Singapore Telecommunications, and Qmax Communcation. The Wi-Fi service started in 2006 and will remain free until March 2013.