STIB passengers will be able to use free WiFi on pre-metro and metro platforms from Friday. This was announced by the Brussels Mobility Minister Pascal Smet’s cabinet. A quarter of all stations should have WiFi between now and 2016, with the rest joining in 2017.
Public transport users can connect to wifi.brussels, the Brussels WiFi network. They will automatically get directed to a page that lets them access the internet after they enter correct log-in details.
The following stations along lines 2 and 6 will get WiFi between now and the end of October: Porte de Hal Delacroix, Clémenceau, Gare du Midi, Hôtel des Monnaies, Louise, Porte de Namur and Trône stations. The next eleven stations will be the Gare de l’Ouest, Osseghem, Madou, Simonis-Elizabeth, Ribacourt, Yser, Rogier, and Botanique stations. The Beekkant, Etangs Noirs, Comte de Flandre, Sainte-Catherine, De Brouckère, Gare Centrale, Parc, Arts-Loi, Maelbeek, Schuman, Mérode stations on lines 1 and 5 will also get WiFi.
In total 26 of the 69 metro stations will have WiFi between now and the end of the year. WiFi will be set up for the other 43 stations in 2017.
“Studies show that people use WiFi a lot when they are on the move. Therefore, I really want to make sure there is WiFi in public places and on public transport, to make sure people in Brussels can stay connected to each other”, says Mobility Minister Pascal Smet. “What’s more, it’s a way to communicate with friends and family when the GSM network is saturated”.