Wireless connectivity unveiled by Du on Dubai Metro network

A 15 million (Dh55 million) project was launched by Du, with the aim of making wireless broadband connection available across the Dubai Metro network.

The service, an alliance between Du and the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), can be availed on the trains and at the stations. The telecom operator promotes an on-the-move seamless connection by connecting the trains to the third generation network.

It should be noted that any device which has wi-fi can be connected to broadband facility, and the users can pay for the service via credit card or with a Wow recharge card (the cards used to top up Du accounts).

"The Dubai Metro's introduction of the region's first in-rail wi-fi enabled network will place it among an elite group of metro operators worldwide, providing public access wi-fi connections," said Farid Faraidooni, executive vice-president for commercial at Du.

As per Faraidooni, within two weeks, a third payment option would be made available, and Du customers will able to pay through their account details, whether for prepaid or pay-as-you-go mobile accounts or internet accounts.

Apart from wi-fi capabilities, Du has also bolstered its 2G and 3G networks at all Metro stations. As of now, the connection is available at all operational stations, and will be extended to others as they open.

The users would be charged for the service on a 'per second' basis, similar to calling rates by the operator.

Faraidooni said, "Using a credit card, the hourly charge will be Dh10 and will last 60 days. With the Wow recharge card the three-hour charge is Dh20 and will expire after three days, while a seven-hour charge for Dh50 will expire after seven days. A Dh30 card will buy 25 hours and can be used for 100 days. The maximum hours that can be bought in one go is with a Dh60 Wow card, which will buy 60 hours and expire after 200 days."