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Public transporters adopt Wi-Fi

16 October 2013, 13:24

Nairobi - Public vehicles in the country are embracing technology in an effort to attract customers amid intense competition in the industry.

The development has seen some public transporters make Wi-Fi connectivity available to commuters.

With majority of Kenyans owning internet enabled phones, the availability of such connections are playing a key role in determining the choice of vehicles individuals board.

Passengers appear to prefer vehicles that offer such service so they instantly connect their devices to the Wi-Fi and access the internet to catch-up with the latest on news, fashion, and other local and international developments.

“The competition in the industry is so stiff that we have to introduce such offerings to win over customers,” said John Kamau, a Nairobi-based driver whose vehicle is Wi-Fi compatible.

Members of the public, who are subjected to traffic congestion on a daily basis, have welcomed the move to make Wi-Fi available.

“This is a welcome development. Amid the depressing traffic, one can get oneself up-to-date with what is happening around the world and do some tasks over the internet,” a passenger said.

“Wi-Fi connections in the buses enable commuters caught up in the traffic snarl-ups to catch on news updates since it is almost impossible for them to arrive at their homes in time to catch up with the seven o’clock news bulletin.”

Nairobi city is among the cities in Africa worst affected by traffic jams.

According to government reports, the setback costs the economy KES 50 million (US$100 000) daily.

In an effort to ease this congestion, the government has launched commuter trains that ferry commuters to and from the capital city.

The government also plans to prohibit the entry of 14-seater commuter omnibuses, commonly known as matatus, into the city in order to create room for capacity buses only.

The commuter omnibuses have over the years been the most popular mode of transport in Nairobi.

– CAJ News


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