Cape Town residents using Metrorail’s service will soon have access to free WiFi as the railway operator begins the roll out of the service to station platforms next week. Cape Town station will be the first in the country to offer free WiFi, with other stations on the Cape Town to Muizenberg line set to follow.
“We will have WiFi on Cape Town station,” Metrorail Western Cape manager Mthuthulezi Swartz told the Cape Times “This will give our commuters some fun to do while they wait for their trains.”
The free WiFi forms part of a R233 million upgrade fund issued to the operator two months ago to urgently address the service which has become plagued by train delays, safety problems and decaying infrastructure in recent times.
A free companion app, which will also be made available for download, will allow commuters to track the locations of trains, arrival and departure times, as well as any problems or incidents trains may be experiencing at a particular time.
Not content with only outfitting its stations, Metrorail also has plans in the works to get the WiFi operating on board its actual trains, to provide commuters with better service.
While the service does offer free WiFi, there will be a limit on how much browsing and downloading users will be allowed to do. “We will of course limit commuters to a certain amount of megabytes. If commuters want more they would have to buy more megabytes,” said Swartz. “For now we are only implementing this in the southern region because it’s the shortest distance from Cape Town.”[Source – Cape Times, Image – Shutterstock]