Dubai took another step closer to having Wi-Fi available everywhere throughout the city with the news that telecom provider du is offering broadband to passengers of the newly-launched Dubai Tram service.
As the Smart City Official Wi-Fi provider in Dubai, du took the opportunity to become the exclusive provider of Wi-Fi to all Dubai Tram commuters. It represents further progress in realising the Smart City future envisioned by the UAE's leadership, which aims to make 1,000 government services go smart in the next three years.
Osman Sultan, CEO of du, spoke of his delight about acquiring the provision and paid tribute to the Dubai government's vision for the future.
"On the occasion of the opening of the Dubai Tram, we would like to congratulate the leaders of the UAE for their visionary achievements, and the RTA for the implementation of this landmark development," he said.
"We join the UAE's residents in celebrating this newest addition to the strong Dubai infrastructure, and are exceptionally proud to be supporting connectivity as the exclusive provider of Wi-Fi to all Dubai Tram commuters."
Commuters will not have to pay anything for connectivity, they just need to follow the simple steps to log in to the service once they're connected. Du says it has made it easy for commuters to get online as quickly as possible, with a landing page popping up upon connection.
Wi-Fi service will be rolled out across the entire length of the Dubai Tram network in phases.
It was only last month that du was announced by Dubai Smart Government as the Smart City Official Wi-Fi Provider, through which the company is expanding its existing Wi-Fi coverage in public areas to give the Dubai community an unmatched connectivity experience, with one login and one portal in all public places.
The announcement comes off the back of news that Emirates airline is increasing its investment in on-board Wi-Fi – a further sign that firms are recognising that more and more people are demanding constant connectivity.