Public buses in Abu Dhabi are now equipped with free WiFi for all passengers. The service was launched on Sunday by the city's Integrated Transport Center (ITC). A total of 520 buses across the emirate will offer free internet to passengers.
The free access will be provided through du telecoms and will be rolled out across 10 buses initially. This includes buses which serve three of the city's most popular passenger routes including route 43, route 41 and route A1, which in combination provide access to Al Mashrif Mall, Corniche Hospital and the Abu Dhabi airports to name a few landmarks. All buses that are equipped with the service will bear a large sticker of the WiFi symbol.
To operate the service, bus passengers have to choose the 'UAE WiFi by du' option on their device's settings menu. Subsequently, users need to provide a phone number and e-mail address before receive a one-time passcode via text to ensure security during the connection process. The same will have to be repeated for each new login.
All buses, shelters and stations will be fully-equipped with WiFi by the end of March 2020. Passengers, who have welcomed the move have been encouraged to check the ITC and department of transport's social media pages for further updates.
Mr Al Juaidi, the acting director of technical infrastructure at ITC said that the introduction of free WiFi on public buses has been timed ahead of the activation of the new Abu Dhabi road tolls. This will encourage passengers to opt for public transport over personal means.