Commuters travelling on FirstGroup’s Shuttle100 fleet, which runs between Swansea and Cardiff, have been given access to on-board wireless broadband services thanks to a new deal with Moovera Networks.
The Moovbox M100 mobile broadband gateway provides Wi-Fi Internet access to passengers at broadband speeds of 'up to' 1.8Mbps throughout the journey, and real-time GPS-based tracking for vehicle location and schedule adherence monitoring:
Justin Davies, Managing Director at First Cymru, said: “With the launch of in-bus broadband on the Shuttle100 service, First Cymru has become the first operator in Wales to adopt the technology across a dedicated route and fleet of coaches.
Our investment in Moovera’s industry-proven system demonstrates our commitment to continually improving our services and passengers facilities.
Our customers can now make the best use of their time by browsing the web and checking email; at the same time we have better visibility of our fleet deployment using the real-time vehicle tracking that the Moovbox brings us.”
The Moovbox M100 delivers Wi-Fi Internet service to passengers in conjunction with the 3G HSPA (High Speed Packet Access) mobile broadband network from Vodafone UK.
In the first few weeks since its launch in late January the Wi-Fi service has been used hundreds of times by passengers with an average online session length of over half an hour; the trip itself usually last one hour.
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