WiFi Hotspots and Free Wireless Internet Access

The Singapore IDA's Wireless@SG scheme provides free access to WiFi Internet hotspots across much of the island. Find out how to sign up...

The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) offers wireless Internet access in busy public areas under the Wireless@SG scheme. It is available free to all residents and visitors in Singapore. Users can sign up with any of the three Wireless@SG operators (iCELL, SingTel and M1) to access all of the hotspots covered by Wireless@SG. Wireless@SG offers surfing speeds of up to 42Mbps in public areas.

The operators supporting Wireless@SG have agreed to make it available free until 31 March 2017. The system is due to be expanded and simplified in the years leading up to 2017.

The system was introduced in 2006, and has arguably been made redundant by 3G and 4G technologies. However, as most mobile phone companies in Singapore set low limits on the amount of data their customers can receive in a month via 3G or 4G, Wireless@SG still serves a useful function.

  • For a full list of Wireless@SG Hotspots from the IDA: Hot Spot list (PDF)

To connect to Wireless@SG hotspots, a user needs a WiFi-enabled device such as a laptop computer or smartphone, and a registered wireless account with one of the Wireless@SG providers.

  • To register for a Wireless@SG account with M1, SingTel, Starhub or Y5ZONE visit IDA signup

While Wireless@SG accounts are free, the operators may request to use your details for marketing purposes. Visitors to Singapore can sign up to Wireless@SG using their passport number.

In the past, Wireless@SG users encountered problems when moving between hotspots owned by different operators. This is no longer the case, and anyone signed up to Wireless@SG should be able to use the hotspots of all three providers without experiencing connection issues.

The Seamless and Secure Access Service (SSA) was set up to allow roaming users to connect automatically to Wireless@SG whenever the option is available, without manual disconnection and reconnection. It is particularly convenient for smartphone users.

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