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Dublin Bus to begin free WiFi trials next week

The capital’s bus provider will kick off a trial run of its proposed free WiFi service on a small number of buses next week.

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DUBLIN BUS has confirmed it will begin a pilot of its proposed free WiFi scheme for passengers as early as next week.

It was confirmed a month ago that free wireless internet services would be rolled out to passengers on DART, Luas and Dublin Bus services over the course of the year.

It has now emerged, however, that the free trials on bus services will begin as early as next week – though only a small number of passengers will be able to avail of the free services.

Ten buses operating on Route 16, between Santry and Ballinteer, will be fitted with the WiFi equipment this week ahead of a launch of free services early next week.

Data and user feedback from the two-month trial will then be used to evaluate how the service can be rolled out for all users.

A Dublin Bus spokeswoman confirmed that it was intended to provide a WiFi service for the entire bus fleet, but that this was “dependent on funding being available”.

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WiFi is to be rolled out on Luas trams later this year, and on the DART and Iarnród Éireann commuter services by the summer.

36 buses in the Bus Éireann fleet are already WiFi enabled, with similar plans to roll out internet connectivity on all services later this year.

Read: WiFi to be rolled out at Dublin Airport >

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