WI-FI 230-abled MRT Trains Introduced for Songshan Line
The Department of Information Technology (DOIT) joined hands with Taipei Rapid Transit Corporation (TRTC), HwaCom Systems, and Free Ad WIFI to introduce the nation’s first “MRT WI-FI 230” trains this October!A total of two Wi-Fi 230-enabled trains will be running on the Songshan Line, allowing commuters to access free 4G WI-FI broadband connection service. The two partner companies have also installed facilities offering the same service at 8 metro stations across the city, including MRT Taipei Zoo, Technology Building, Daan, Nanjing Fuxing, Taipei City Hall, Ximen, Gongguan, and Taipei 101/World Trade Center stations.According to DOIT, the MRT WI-FI 230 is a pilot project that will be conducted from today until the end of February in 2017. Commissioner of Information Technology Lee Wei-bin pointed out that the pilot program does not take up any city government budget. Following plausibility assessment and review, the two private sector partners signed up for the project, offering commuters the option of clicking on city government and public information ads to access free WI-FI services at the aforementioned stations and trains for the duration of project period.The 8 MRT stations and 2 trains offering the free 4G WI-FI connection can be identified by posters or standing cardboard cutouts featuring the mascot character of DOIT “230.” To utilize the service, simply turn on the smartphone WI-FI connection and connect to hotspots with “230” in the title, logging on with either your Taipei Free or Facebook account. The maximum time per connection is 30 minutes, and the cap on upload and download is 3Mbps.