Taipei-There will be no more free WiFi on Taipei MRT trains after Taipei Rapid Transit Corporation (TRTC) terminated its contract with the company that provides free WiFi service to the riding public on Monday.
TRTC, a government-owned corporation that operates the Taipei Mass Rapid Transit (MRT), signed a contract in 2017 with Forest-wide Industrial Co. for the Free AD WiFi service, in which MRT riders can enjoy free WiFi service at every station and in train coaches by just clicking ads using their mobile devices.
However, the Free AD WiFi service has been disrupted since June 25 due to low usage as more riders have shifted to unlimited data promotions offered by telecommunication companies, resulting in an operating loss for Forest-wide.
After the company failed to resume the free WiFi service within the prescribed period, the TRTC announced on Monday it has terminated its contract with Forest-wide and confiscated the NT$4 million (US$128,000) security deposit.
According to TRTC's statistics, average usage of the Free AD WiFi was around 70,000 clicks on ads per day in recent months. That accounted for only 3.6 percent of the 2.1 million daily ridership of Taipei MRT.
The TRTC said it will look for other WiFi service providers soon, while informing the riding public that they can still enjoy another free WiFi option, the TPE-Free WiFi service, at 158 hotspots, including every information counter inside MRT stations.
The company said it had tried to help ease Forest-wide's pressure by changing the collection time of related rental fees from every six months to every month, and by providing free ad space inside train stations, on the platforms and in train coaches.
Forest-wide meanwhile has confirmed on its website that it will no longer provide the Free AD WiFi service and thanked the public for their support over the years.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel