News in brief:
-All taxis in Dubai will be fitted with free WiFi within a year
-The joint project by RTA and Du was announced at GITEX 2018
-The project will support UAE Government’s Vision 2021 for providing accessible modern telecommunication services
Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) and du have announced a joint project to fit all taxis in Dubai with free Wi-Fi.
In a joint statement the companies said the project aims to bring happiness to riders and make clients’ mobility on board Dubai taxis an enjoyable experience.
The announcement was made on the sidelines of GITEX Technology Week 2018, during which both the RTA and du focused extensively on the wider mission of ranking Dubai as the smartest and happiest city in the world.
HE Mattar Al Tayer, RTA’s Director General and Chairman of the Board signed on behalf of RTA. HE Mohammed Al Hussaini, Chairman, EITC, signed on behalf of du.
The project includes about 10,800 vehicles, all of which will be fitted with Wi-Fi routers by du.
“In line with our efforts to rank Dubai as the smartest and happiest city in the world, we are pleased to sign this agreement with RTA to provide smart services and Wi-Fi technology onboard taxis in Dubai,” said Osman Sultan, CEO, Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (du).
“This initiative is an important step in our efforts to support the UAE Government’s Vision 2021 for providing accessible modern telecommunication services,” he added.
“All fleet vehicles of the six franchise companies operating in Dubai will be covered by the service within one year from the date of signing this agreement,” said Ahmed Hashim Bahrozyan, CEO of RTA’s Public Transport Agency.
“The Wi-Fi service enables taxi riders to browse the internet using their smart mobile phones, tabs or handheld devices,” he added. “It saves them the time and enables them to do several tasks while on transit. RTA is always keen on using the state-of-the-art technology in collaboration with the service providers in the UAE.”
The Wi-Fi service is available at more than 400 hotspots in the UAE including the Dubai Metro, Dubai Tram, shopping centres, Emaar Boulevard Downtown, and the Global Village among others.