When the "complete" stops at 99 percent

Singapore's Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) promises both wired and wireless networks to be "easily accessable" to Singaporeans, so that they can enjoy "seamless connectivity".

In my understanding, it means "free internet access to everyone".

I can testify it works absolutely great in Changi airport, and even its budget terminal:

Fee internet zone in Changi airport, Singapore

Free internet zone in Changi airport, Singapore

 

Specialized zone for laptops in Changi airport, Singapore

Specialized zone for laptops in Changi airport, Singapore

 

Convenient power and internet outlets in laptop zone, Changi airport, Singapore

Convenient power and internet outlets in laptop zone, Changi airport, Singapore

 

 

In the city itself, WiFi is available in a lot of places. But the single biggest problem with Singaporean version of information society is... AC power outlets.

You heard me right.

 

Worn out AC power outlet, Singapore

Worn out AC power outlet, Singapore

 

Practically nowhere in the city, its cafes or restaurants, you will find a power outlet available, so you could plug in your laptop.

And even if you do, the security guard will come by and ask you to unplug it, "for your own security".

A shame, a promise unfulfilled.