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Commuters Who Take SMRT 176 Bus Will Get First Dibs On WiFi-On-The-Go Service!

Internet connected brethren, if there’s one thing we know for sure, it’s that WiFi is as important as the air we breathe in. It’s an outrageous sentiment, but I reckon many would concur.

SMRT, Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), and M1 are joining forces to bring Singapore’s first WiFi-On-The-Go service on selected SMRT Service 176 buses as part of the Heterogeneous Network (HetNet) Trials, and you could very well be part of it.

Here’s how it works:

Stream videos without interruption

According to the press release, it states that each bus is connected to M1’s 4G+ network. This is through an intelligent in-vehicle system that increases the bandwidth to the on-board wireless network.

Passengers on the selected 176 buses can go online by connecting to the Wireless@SG network on their smart phones or tablets. The trial will be conducted over the next few months.

The best part is, hands down, the download speeds. As stated by M1, it’s 10 times faster. This means that you can surf the internet and watch videos online without any interruption.

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A bigger and better data experience

Speaking about the brand new initiative, M1 Chief Technical Officer, Denis Seek, said, “With the roll-out of our M1WiFi service and the extension of our small cell network to additional high traffic sites, such as transportation hubs and shopping malls, as well as to selected connected vehicles in 2016, M1 customers can look forward to enjoying an even better data experience.”

With the WiFi-On-The-Go service, vehicle operators are also able to stream live video, collect several information from the vehicle, and offer transactions services.

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An exciting future

There were also talks about the IDA collaborating with companies in the engineering, tech and R&D industries to solve the urgent connectivity obstacles.

“SMRT passengers aboard two of our Service 176 buses can look forward to being part of Singapore’s first trial using the WiFi-On-The-Go service. If the trial is successful, we will further our collaboration with M1 to explore a fleet-wide implementation in the foreseeable future,” said the SMRT Buses Vice Prosident, Tan Kian Heong.

There’s no stopping us now. Of course, only if you are a M1 customer.

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