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Free Internet access when on the bus
Wednesday 10 October 2007 10:41:23 by Andrew Ferguson

The number of places where you can get free Wi-Fi broadband access is increasing almost daily. Moovera Networks has recently announced that it has been selected to deploy free Wi-Fi Internet access onto Thames Valley Park buses in the Reading area.

"Commuter routes are ideal for in-vehicle Wi-Fi services, with an increasing number of hand-held devices such as mobile phones and PDAs having Wi-Fi built-in, accessing the Internet to check your email, surf the web or update your blog is now easier than ever before. With free Wi-Fi access on the bus, TVP passengers in Reading can now make the most of their journey time to and from the office - at no cost to them. This really does represent another step towards the future of public transportation."

Jim Baker, Moovera CEO and founder

The system will make use of the Vodafone 3G network which can offer speeds of up to 3.6Mbps with a gateway installed on each bus to provide Wi-Fi access to passengers. The systems installed should also allow the bus company to track vehicle movements in real-time and give the potential for remote access to CCTV on vehicles.

Being able to access the Internet while crawling through rush-hour traffic may not appeal to all, but gives people a chance to catch up on the news. Who knows, if the service is popular, we may see more car commuters switching to public transport.

Comments

Posted by philg over 7 years ago
"Who knows, if the service is popular, we may see more car commuters switching to public transport."

Or maybe there will just be a trail of cars following buses grabbing free bandwidth :)

What's with the apparently sudden announcements of free wifi? First BT's FON deal, then McD's now the buses... Maybe it will actually be useful having wifi on my phone now if I can actually use it when I'm away from home of the office.
Posted by philg over 7 years ago
On a similar note, I was surprised to find Center Parcs had a free wifi connection covering the site. Finally we seem to be catching up with the US and their free wifi spots.
Posted by kennethsross over 7 years ago
Finally catching up with Peru! Friends who live and work there have had internet access on buses for months now.
Posted by CARPETBURN over 7 years ago
quote"What's with the apparently sudden announcements of free wifi?"
Its nothing new, last year the trains in certain areas done a similar thing.
Personally i thing its a great idea which if they think about it has far more potential than just allowing a few people on the bus to surf the net.
Posted by Dawn_Falcon over 7 years ago
You've been able to get free wifi on the Oxford "Tube" (London-Oxford bus) for a while now. It's quite useful to me for checking up on my email..
Posted by herdwick over 7 years ago
"we may see more car commuters switching to public transport." - what is this "public transport" of which you speak ?
Posted by bablefish over 7 years ago
Herdwick - 'Public transport' would be buses, coaches, trains etc. Philg was suggesting that by offering free Wi-Fi, public transport operators might persuade commuters to use the bus/coach/train and leave their car at home.

The Wi-Fi equipment on the Reading buses is made by the same company who did the Oxford Tube between London and Oxford.
Posted by herdwick over 7 years ago
A bus must be some sort of urban thing :-)

Some sort of firearm would be required to get me on one, and the prospect of the nutter on the bus nicking my laptop would override any attraction of the wifi.
Posted by CARPETBURN over 7 years ago
quote"A bus must be some sort of urban thing :-)"

Dont worry its a bit like a tractor, has four big wheels and tyres but can carry more than one person, funnily enough alot of them they paint red or green just like a tractor also lol ;)
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