Du upbeat about Metro WiFi uptake

Says thousands of passengers with WiFi-enabled devices are linking to the network at stations every day

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Du upbeat about Metro WiFi uptake Customers can pay for WiFi access onboard Dubai Metro trains and at stations using credit cards or Du WoW recharge cards. (ITP Images)
By  Vineetha Menon Published  September 28, 2009

Thousands of passengers are linking to the Du WiFi network at Dubai Metro stations every day, the telco revealed today.

Du’s WiFi service has been available on both Dubai Metro stations and trains since its launch on September 9th for AED 10 per hour.

Average broadband speeds at stations can reach 4Mbps, while backhauling to the network through WiMAX sees speeds reach about 2Mbps onboard the trains. Each train has four access points and can easily connect a large number of passengers simultaneously.

Du didn’t reveal WiFi usage specifics but went on to add that it sees a lot of potential for the service to be used by commuters for both professional and entertainment purposes.

“A lot of people are walking into the stations and metro have WiFi enabled devices. We can see from the network that thousands of devices are linking to the network every day – it’s a good indication of the opportunity,” Farid Faraidooni, EVP of Commercial services at Du, told media.

Presently, customers can choose to pay for sessions using credit cards or Du WoW recharge cards, but Faraidooni added that Du customers will soon be able to pay for WiFi using their existing accounts.

“In a few weeks we will also have a third option that will be exclusively for du customers (du mobile and home services customers); they can use their current account to log on to the WiFi and the charges will be charged to their existing account.”

Customers are charged by the second and sessions can be stopped and restarted at customers’ convenience, so long as the validity period and package has not expired. For more information on the tariffs, please click here.

Du discontinued free public WiFi at various hotspots in malls and coffee shops in Dubai on September 11th and now asks customers to pay for internet access.

“We offer it (WiFi) at the best price in the country for accessing the net and we charge by second, like we charge for most of our services,” said Faraidooni. “I think the Du scratch cards will become very popular and once we add the option of using a Du line, I think that will be very useful for our customers as well.”

2763 days ago
Zarkon

The du Metro Wi Fi is simply amazing. I started using it from Ibn Batuta all the way to Deira City Centre. It did not disconnect. I got speeds upto 6 megs with youtube and facebook running smoothly.
AED 10/hr isn't bad, atleast for the quality of services they are providing. The only thing not good about it is that you cant buy credit from the metro station. They should atleast facilitate the subscribers for buying credit atleast.

Good job RTA and du :) ... cheers!

3185 days ago
Zor Mite

Everything's great ... but to charge for wifi ... come on now .... at least spare us this .... wifi should be free in most public places

3190 days ago
Delf

This is great! Wifi speed is good enough to do a quick job for a quick trip!

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