The scheme will be rolled out across the emirate in phases, as the RTA and du sign a deal
18 October 2018| Last updated on 19 January 2020
The Roads and Transport Authorit (RTA) and telecom company du have signed a deal that will see free Wi-Fi installed in over 10,000 RTA taxis across Dubai.
Incredible things are coming out of GITEX Technology Week 2018, and this new deal between two major players in Dubai is most certainly one of the best.
It has been confirmed that all of Dubai’s 10,000+ taxis will have FREE Wi-Fi soon available to RTA customers.
This new deal between RTA and du aims to enhance mobility solutions in the city. It aims to bring happiness to riders, and make their experience while using a Dubai taxi an enjoyable (and extremely useful) one.
Full details about the project’s roll-out are yet to be confirmed, but according to Gulf News, du will begin to install the Wi-Fi services in taxis immediately and will do so in phases.
In fact, all Dubai taxis should be equipped with the technology within the year.
Ahmad Hashem Behroozian, CEO of RTA’s Public Transport Agency said: “According to the agreement, du will start fitting the required devices to taxis. All fleet vehicles of the six franchise companies operating in Dubai will be covered by the service within one year from the date of signing this agreement.”
He added that having Wi-Fi available for RTA customers will enable them to browse the Internet while using their smart phones, tablets or handheld devices.
“It saves them the time and enables them to do several tasks while on transit. RTA is always keen on using the state-of-the-art technology in collaboration with service providers in the UAE,” he added.
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While speaking to The National, du’s Chief Digital Lifestyle and Innovation Officer, Anthony Shiner, argued that this project will help to further cement Dubai’s status as a leading global hub.
“If you’re travelling from the airport to your hotel, for example, you will probably want to use the Wi-Fi for checking in on your emails and messages”, he shared.
“If you want to be acknowledged as a global leader then you have to be at the forefront of leading technology and innovation.”