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Arriva bring free Wi-Fi to Glasgow airport Shuttle
Friday 14 December 2007 16:46:35 by John Hunt

Arriva Scotland West are the latest company to add Wi-Fi to their buses with the introduction of a fleet of eleven low-emission luxury buses which operate the Glasgow Flyer shuttle service. The vehicles have been equipped with the Moovbox M100 mobile broadband gateway from Moovera and will give passengers access to the Internet at speeds of up to 1.4Mbps throughout the 15-20 minute journey. The service uses a cellular based backhaul of HSDPA from Vodafone.

"Providing a premium travel experience to our customers is high on Arriva's agenda. These eleven new high-specification, environmentally friendly vehicles launched on the Glasgow Flyer airport service will bring new levels of comfort and service to airport staff, visitors and the people of Glasgow. Using leading edge technology from Moovera, the free Wi-Fi access will help business people and other passengers stay in touch via the Internet while on the move, and make the most of their journey time to and from the airport."

Ralph Roberts (director and general manager), Arriva Scotland West


Posted by herdwick over 9 years ago
what is a "bus" ?
Posted by Somerset over 9 years ago
So I get on the bus, take laptop out of bag, open it, switch on, log on to Windows, connect to free WiFi, disconnect, switch off, put back in bag, get off bus?
Posted by Jamiepw over 9 years ago
By the time that Vista has booted up the bus would have been halfway to the airport, then it would be time to shut the machine down which will take the rest of the journey to complete, so a waste of time really unless you have XP, a Mac or Linux.

There should be a disclaimer on the side of the buses that say "Do not use Vista on this bus, it will not boot up in time"
Posted by c_j_ over 9 years ago
Yet another industry-standard "up to" scam.

There's only 1.4Mbit total available on the bus, unless they're forking out for multiple HSDPA downlinks, each at "up to" 1.4Mbit.

So if multiple folks attempt to download any non-trivial amount of data (AV updates, Windows updates, email, corporate PPT, TV progs, VoIP calls, etc) then no-one's going to see anywhere near 1.4Mbit.

Not that trivia like that usually bother the industry marketing people.

Do Vodafone impose any restrictions on what you can do with their HSDPA? E.g. is there a block on common VoIP access methods?
Posted by Dawn_Falcon over 9 years ago
How is it a scam? They don't need to provide it at all.
Posted by john (Favicon staff member) over 9 years ago
I think it is aimed more at people with a PDA / Blackberry / Wi-Fi enabled mobile so they can catch up with their e-mail etc after getting off the plane / out the airport.
Posted by therioman over 9 years ago
Surely anyone with a PDA/Blackberry etc that wants to check e-mail already has either an integrated device (that can thus just use the existing carrier and probably with no fuss), or a mobile that's capable.

As c_j points out, it's just going to be fast enough if more than a couple people use it, and that assumes a moving vehicle is able to maintain a good speed (hint: it won't).
Posted by therioman over 9 years ago
Oh yes, and about Vista not booting in time, I'm not sure you've got a good system there.

My Vaio takes < 40s to start, 15-20s from hibernate and 2-3s from standby. As I rarely "reboot" rather than just hibernate or standby, this problem doesn't arise.

Posted by CARPETBURN over 9 years ago
I have to agree with therioman, i run a top end dual core home system, xp and vistas boot times are roughly the same. If there is something that takes too long its shutting windows xp down and to be honest id rather put up with that single niggle than the million an one vista has lol Ive only ever seen as many flaws in windows 3.1 even windows ME was better than vista lol
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