Commuters on two SMRT service 176 buses get Wi-Fi access

Commuters alight from an SMRT bus at the Woodlands Regional Bus Interchange.
Commuters alight from an SMRT bus at the Woodlands Regional Bus Interchange.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Commuters will get to enjoy Wi-Fi access on two service 176 buses, a trunk service linking Bukit Merah Interchange and Bukit Panjang Temporary Bus Park.

It is a result of a collaboration between telecommunications service provider M1 and the Infocomm Development Authority.

The two SMRT buses enabled with Wi-Fi can be identified through on-board signage highlighting the service. Commuters can go online by connecting to the Wireless@SG network on their smart devices.

This is part of the Heterogeneous Network trials that M1 is conducting to eventually enable download speeds more than 10 times faster than available through Wireless@SG.

The new network will also seamlessly transfer customers between M1's mobile network and the Wi-Fi service, to enable them to able to enjoy activities such as streaming HD video content without interruption.

Mr Denis Seek, M1's chief technical officer, said: "With the roll-out of our M1Wi-Fi 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."

SMRT Buses vice-president Tan Kian Heong added: "As part of our ongoing effort to improve our commuters' travelling experience, SMRT is happy to work with our telco partner M1 to keep commuters plugged in while they are travelling on our buses."