Open access WiFi network provider VAST Networks has partnered with the City of Cape Town to deploy WiFi to all MyCiTi buses.
The first stage of the project will involve 10 buses across various routes, with commuters being able to enjoy 50Mb of free data per day.
“Our partnership with MyCiTi will deliver a fast and seamless WiFi infrastructure to commuters, both local and international,” says Grant Marais, CEO of VAST Networks. “WiFi connectivity is increasingly becoming part of our everyday lives; providing a reliable and safe way to connect to the web will go a long way in enhancing commuters’ travel time and is the next step in making Cape Town a truly smart city.”
Delivering free WiFi connectivity across the various buses will enable commuters to be productive while travelling as they will be able to send e-mails, read the news, communicate, and engage in work and online social activities.
Executive mayor Patricia de Lille says: “This is indeed an exciting time for the City of Cape Town as we take another innovative step towards becoming the digital capital of Africa. Internet access is also a key part of our strategies to build an opportunity city where we connect residents to resources and economic opportunities.”
This initiative forms part of the city’s efforts to improve the attractiveness of the public transport system and encourage residents to minimise the use of their cars.