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People Mover buses boast free on-board WI-FI connection
​City Manager Sipho Nzuza, Head of EThekwini Transport Authority
Thami Manyathi and Information Management Unit Customer
Relationship Manager Suben Govender test  the free Wi-Fi
connection on a People Mover bus.
PEOPLE Mover bus commuters can now enjoy free on-board Wi-Fi connection over the next nine months as eThekwini Municipality tests internet provision for the new Integrated Rapid Public Transport Network, GO! Durban.

On 7 September, City Manager Sipho Nzuza and Head of EThekwini Transport Authority (ETA) Thami Manyathi announced this initiative which will be piloted on 10 People Mover buses that travel in the inner City. Using the bus as a vehicle for a live working test will be for a limited time only, providing free Wi-Fi access of 250 megabytes daily to commuters during their ride around the City.

Going forward, Nzuza said when GO!Durban becomes operational, the provision of Wi-Fi on buses travelling on major routes, as well as within stations will enable for efficient commutes allowing commuters to access time-tables, check out routes and connections, and watch for updates from ETA’s management centre. “They would also be able to use it for work and recreational purposes.

A big bonus for those who commute long distances and could use the access for improved productivity,” he explained. On bridging the digital gap and promoting the Smart City concept, eThekwini is rolling-out optic fibre cables and Wi-Fi infrastructure throughout the City. Manyathi said the impact of the initiative will be assessed. “We look forward to seeing how effective Wi-Fi on public transport can be and how it can support commuters in a positive way.

The team from ETA looks forward to engaging with the public as they investigate how we will be making provision for this in the GO!Durban system,” he added. Manyathi highlighted that this testing is over a limited period as to validate the proof of concept which may be applied to the GO!Durban system, and is not a permanent Wi-Fi solution to existing public operators of the People Mover. GO!Durban branding will be placed on the side of the People Mover buses so that commuters can identify which buses will provide free Wi-Fi over this period, with connectivity details provided on-board the bus.

The network is named eThekwini_Wi-Fi and users will initially need to create an account by putting their details or sign in by using their social media accounts. These login details will be used for future connectivity.
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