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TWO PERTH BUSES and two train sta­tions got free Wi-Fi for the first time un­der a trial from Monday, 27 Au­gust, with two trains to get trial Wi-Fi also by the end of the year, it’s re­ported re­cently.

The free Wi-Fi is avail­able on Perth’s public trans­port net­work for the first time, with the re­stricted trial an­nounced by trans­port min­is­ter Rita Saf­fi­oti.

It is oc­cur­ring at the Su­bi­aco and El­iz­a­beth Quay train sta­tions, as well as on board two buses pre­dom­i­nantly op­er­at­ing on the high-fre­quency Route 950. The tech­nol­ogy will then be rolled out on two trains op­er­at­ing on the Joon­dalup and Man­durah Lines later this year, it’s stated.

Ar­eas where Wi-Fi is avail­able will be clearly marked with sig­nage.

Pas­sen­gers are en­cour­aged to sub­mit feed­back about their ex­pe­ri­ence through the Transperth web­site.

Ac­cord­ing to Transperth, pas­sen­gers are able to use up to 150MB per de­vice in a 24-hour pe­riod. The tech­nol­ogy is be­ing de­liv­ered by Op­tus and the con­tract ar­range­ment al­lows for the trial to pro­ceed with no di­rect costs to the State Gov­ern­ment, it’s stated. The re­sults of the trial will be as­sessed to de­ter­mine whether the sys­tem is rolled out more widely.

Western Aus­tralia Trans­port Min­is­ter Rita Saf­fi­oti said: “I am pleased to an­nounce that this trial can now be­gin af­ter a lengthy pe­riod of ne­go­ti­a­tions.”

“The Transperth PSM shows pas­sen­gers are al­ready very happy with their ser­vices, but this is some­thing the Gov­ern­ment was keen to trial to see if we could fur­ther im­prove the pas­sen­ger ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Ac­cord­ing to a PTA spokesper­son, in 2015 the Public Trans­port Author­ity re­leased an Ex­pres­sion of In­ter­est for the pro­vi­sion of free Wi-Fi on a trial ba­sis. The mar­ket, though, did not re­turn a cost-neu­tral re­sponse. How­ever, it did pro­vide suf­fi­cient in­for­ma­tion for the PTA to con­sider broad­en­ing the scope of the of­fer, al­low­ing po­ten­tial bidders to pro­pose how to make Wi-Fi vi­able for them. This process is now com­plete with Op­tus cho­sen for the trial.

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