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WiFi on South African train carriages
WiFi on South African train carriages

WiFi on South African train carriages

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BusinessTech.co.za - May 16th 2014, 09:44

Metrorail, in the Western Cape, is reportedly rolling out free WiFi internet access at train stations, with Cape Town Station coming online next week. 

Plans are also afoot to offer WiFi on carriages too, with the new Metrorail mobile app then allowing users to keep track of trains at all times.

According to a report in the Cape Times, this forms part of a strategy to turn the service around.

“We will have WiFi on Cape Town Station. This will give our commuters some fun to do while they wait for their trains,” Metrorail Western Cape manager, Mthuthulezi Swartz, told the paper.

Cape Town Station will be the first to receive connectivity, with all stations on the southern line from Cape Town to Muizenberg to receive the service next.

Metrorail said it would carry the cost of all equipment and the connection fee, the paper reported.

“The next phase would be to get the WiFi on board the trains. They (commuters) will then be able to track a train’s performance while on board. So if a train stops in the middle of nowhere we would then be able to know why the train is standing still.”

“The same goes for when a train knocks someone down or there is some sort of incident,” Swartz was quoted saying.

There’s no word on the connection speed or how big the data cap is, but users will be able to purchase more data when their cap is depleted.

“We will of course limit commuters to a certain amount of megabytes. If commuters want more they would have to buy more megabytes. For now we are only implementing this in the southern region because it’s the shortest distance from Cape Town,” Swartz said.From 2014 Copyright, BusinessTech. All right reserved. 

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