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du to provide WiFi services on new Dubai tram system

Telco signs agreement with Dubai's transport authority; will also cover 47 stations on metro

du to provide WiFi services on new Dubai tram system
An artists impression of the Al Sufouh tram project

du, Dubai's second telecom service provider, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the emirate's transport authority to provide WiFi services in all metro stations and trains and in the soon-to-be-launched Dubai Tram.

This announcement between the telco and the Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) came during GITEX Technology Week 2014 on the sidelines of the telecom operator being chosen as the Smart City Official WiFi Provider in Dubai.

As a part of this agreement, du will be the official provider of free WiFi in 29 stations on the Red line and 18 stations on the Green line, and 11 tram stations across Dubai.

Since its launch, around 500,000,000 passengers have used the metro.

Fahad Al Hassawi, chief commercial officer of du, said: "Travelling no longer entails being cut off from work or leisure. Convergence of technologies and services will play a key role in shaping the smart city that we dream of.

"Hence, we are tying up with partners that will enable us to showcase the benefits of our services to the maximum number of people."

Abdulla Yousef Al Ali, CEO of RTA's Rail Agency, added: "RTA has always been committed to avail five star level of services to its clients and customers whether they mass transit commuters or other services' users. This type of services will definitely enhance RTA's trend towards Dubai's transformation to be the world's smartest city in less than three years."

du's WiFi solutions will be accessible by using one login and one portal at all locations. Customers can choose one of three options - free high speed for government services, complimentary basic service, and premium high speed service.

Full details of each option will be available through a landing page that is automatically opened upon connection, du said.

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