It’s happening: the roll out of free wi-fi to rail customers has begun.
Free wi-fi has been installed on the first train on the Dublin-Cork fleet this week, and after a testing period, will be extended to all of the CAF Intercity trains (67 carriages) on the Dublin-Cork fleet by the end of September.
The contract to equip the Dublin-Cork fleet and provide customer with broadband wi-fi was awarded to Irish company FleetConnect, based in Dublin.
In addition, we’re planning further expansion of wi-fi to other Intercity routes, with initially a further 60 carriages of the Intercity railcar fleet, which operates across the national network, targeted to be equipped by year end.
We are also exploring with the National Transport Authority the possibility of introducing wi-fi across the DART and Commuter fleet for daily commuters.
The decision to install wi-fi on the Dublin-Cork fleet followed a successful trial on selected services last year, which saw an enthusiastic uptake from customers.
The system will be simple to use, with on-screen assistance for customers on board, and a dedicated helpline will be provided by FleetConnect.
With the proliferation of internet-ready Smartphones and tablet PCs, today’s rail passengers will now be able to stay connected with friends, family and work colleagues, and they can be productive, informed and entertained during their journey.
Also in Ireland today, City.Mobi is celebrating the success of its new guide to Dublin.
City.Mobi offers the most comprehensive mobile travel guides available, with over 800 cities in 200 countries listed. Each is developed by the City.Mobi team to combine into a single global travel directory.
Dublin.city.mobi is the latest in this illustrious line up, offering click to call functionality – which means no scribbling down telephone numbers.
Most entries are also linked to websites where users can quickly access more detailed information if needed.
Other key features include information on accommodation, restaurants, attractions, entertainment, nightlife, shopping, and transport.
City.Mobi guides include user reviews and traveller utilities such as a translation guide, currency converter, news and local weather guide.