Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) and du are set to embark on a joint project to fit all taxis in Dubai, about 10,800 cabs, with free WiFi service.
The Dubai RTA and du have signed a cooperation agreement on the sidelines of their participation in GITEX 2018.
Mattar Al Tayer, RTA’s director general and chairman of the board signed on behalf of the authority, while Mohammed Al Hussaini, chairman of Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company, EITC, signed on behalf of du.
The two parties pronounced their commitment to support the efforts of ranking Dubai as the smartest and happiest city in the world.
Osman Sultan, CEO, EITC, said, “In line with our efforts to rank Dubai as the smartest and happiest city in the world, we are pleased to sign this agreement with RTA to provide smart services and WiFi technology onboard taxis in Dubai. This initiative is an important step in our efforts to support the UAE Government’s Vision 2021 for providing accessible modern telecommunication services.”
The Wi-Fi service is available at more than 400 hotspots in the UAE including the Dubai Metro, Dubai Tram, shopping centres, Emaar Boulevard Downtown, and the Global Village, among others. The service aims to raise happiness of UAE residents through enabling them access to the internet through: the free WiFi UAE Free, and Wi-Fi UAE Premium.
“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,” said Ahmed Hashim Bahrozyan, CEO of RTA’s Public Transport Agency.