Guess where these 5 hotspots of Singapore’s largest free Wi-Fi network are!

It is everywhere, yet nowhere to be seen. Wireless@SG brings to the city two things Singaporeans love: high-speed broadband for free. Since 2006, this government initiative has progressively enabled the public to enjoy wireless Wi-Fi on the go—at cafes, libraries, community centres, train platforms, hospitals, offices, shopping malls, tourist attractions amongst others—through partnerships with venue owners and service providers. Today, there are some 10,000 hotspots across the city (Here’s a selection) where one can enjoy access speeds ranging from 256kbps to 2Mbps, and work is underway to double the speed, and also coverage by 2018.

Armed with our Wireless@SG account, we went around Singapore hunting hotspots, unearthing these five places where you can connect and share for free. Can you guess where they are?

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Set off from here to the Southern Islands like Pulau Hantu and Sisters’ Island. Or just come by to admire the yachts parked next door at Asia’s oldest yacht club.

Answer: West Coast Pier…like other ferry terminals, including Changi Point and Marina South Pier, offers Wireless@SG for its passengers. The service is also available at other transportation hubs such as MRT train station platforms and the world-class Changi Airport.
 

It says west, but it’s in the east. Link up with people not just online but IRL (in real life) at this centre with a distinctive clock tower and basketball court wrapped in a web of seemingly floating bricks.

Answer: Tampines West Community Centre… is an example of community centres offering Wireless@SG. Other social spaces where you can surf for free include Residents’ Committee clubs, hospitals and all public libraries.

 

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This “city within a city” has its feng shui aligned for maximum harmony. It’s no wonder crowds throng here to attend business conventions, snag great deals at trade shows, work at its five office towers or just shop and dine.

Answer: Suntec City… is one of many shopping centres that have signed up to offer Wireless@SG. And it’s not just large developments – retail stores, as well as food and beverage outlets, ranging from food courts to cafes and fast food chains also offer free Wi-Fi for the convenience of its customers and the public.
 

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“Wireless@SG here, there is,” says Yoda in this office building belonging to the animation and visual effects company Lucasfilm.

Answer: Sandcrawler… has a unique architecture and name inspired from Lucasfilm’s legendary Star Wars movie. Wireless@SG is provided on the eighth floor where the Government Digital Services, a unit of the new GovTech agency, is working to transform Singapore into a Smart Nation. This is just one of many government offices offering this service.
 

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At the end of this walk discover a 37-metre tall statute that makes one wonder: Is it a fish or a lion?

Answer: Merlion Walk… is just one of the many tourist attractions where the service is offered, including Singapore’s various museums. While Wireless@SG is largely found indoors, this location is one of the first outdoor areas to have the service, and it even runs on solar power.

Getting on to Wireless@SG is now easier than before, especially if you’re using a mobile device. Download the Wireless@SG app that will walk you through set-up and even tell you where the nearest hotspot is. If you have a SIM card from a local operator, you can even configure it to auto log-in. No more wasting time trying to recall your password!

 



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