SA calls for free public transport Wi-Fi

By Jonathan Nally
Thursday, 20 July, 2017

SA calls for free public transport Wi-Fi

The South Australia government has called for expressions of interest to operate a free Wi-Fi network on Adelaide’s public transport network.

Although tram passengers already have access to free Wi-Fi, the government wants to extend the service to also include trains, buses and selected railway stations and interchanges.

The expressions of interest closes on 10 August, with the government wanting the free services to be operational by December.

The service would operate across almost 900 buses and more than 130 train cars, in addition to the 20-plus trams in service.

The EOI requires potential contractors to detail the standard of the services they could provide, how the system would be installed and maintained, and any potential cost to the government.

Importantly, proponents must also provide details of what data or content, if any, would be on-sold to third parties.

Further information is available at the Tenders SA website.

“We are always looking for ways to improve the public transport experience and encourage more people to catch our buses, trains and trams,” said Transport and Infrastructure Minister Stephen Mullighan.

“What we’re seeking is high-quality and reliable internet access which is simple and easy to use.

“This initiative will make it more enjoyable to use public transport for the almost 70 million passengers who use Adelaide Metro services each year, with approximately 80% of those passengers travelling on buses.”

Image courtesy DPTI.

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