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Dublin: 13 °C Monday 3 August, 2020

Sick of dodgy WiFi on trains and buses? We have some good news...

…but it might cost us.

Image: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

CIÉ HAS ANNOUNCED that it is in talks to boost the WiFi service across its trains and buses.

The CIÉ Group – comprising Iarnród Éireann, Dublin Bus and Bus Éireann – said they have “commenced a market consultation to identify opportunities to enhance the free WiFi service to bus and train customers”.

CIÉ has asked companies to “submit proposals that would maintain free WiFi to customers, while offering other revenue generation options for the Group”.

The organisation is looking into sponsorship of the service, or charging a fee for content such as news, entertainment and travel information.

Every year there are 26 million WiFi sessions across CIÉ’s bus and rail fleets. All of the Dublin Bus, Bus Éireann and Iarnród Éireann services have free WiFi available, which is funded by the National Transport Authority.

A spokesperson for the CIÉ Group said that free internet access is ”something which brings people to public transport, enhancing connectivity and productivity in a way car travel cannot”.

“We want to maintain this while establishing if revenue generation options are available given the scale of usage. Some possible solutions such as stored content could further enhance quality of WiFi provision on board our services, freeing up bandwith for those using the standard WiFi service.”

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