Wifi Hotspots in Motion

Hotwireless is one of the only providers of WiFi Hotspots in motion. We can install stable WiFi hotspots for environments in motion like trains or buses. 

We launched our high-speed WiFi hotspots technology for trains in January 2012, with the first deployment in September 2012 with The Blue Train between Pretoria and Cape Town. Hotwireless makes use of highly advanced technology which switches towers and networks seamlessly. The Blue Train has had huge success with their on-board WiFi hotspots and will be rolling out WiFi on all their coaches by the end of February 2013.

  • Wifi HotspotsSuitable for buses, coaches, taxis, limos and private hire vehicles
  • Connect to carrier-class 3G/HSDPA/WiMAX broadband networks
  • Free or Pay-per-use WiFi hotpots in motion options available
  • High capacity broadband solutions for passenger & freight rail
  • Advanced switching technology provides seamless network transition

Providing your customers with the option of connecting to a wireless network while traveling can be a very important differentiator when customers are looking to book a journey across South Africa. Increasingly tourists are becoming reliant on a stable internet access and are more than willing to pay for the opportunity to surf while they travel.

HOTSPOTS FOR BUSES:

Businesses looking for a wireless hotspot solution for buses or taxis have until now struggled to find adequate bandwidth to provide a meaningful service. With the advent of 3g and 4g networks operators of bus and taxi network can now take advantage of high speeds to provide a meaningful additional service to customers.

Cellular operators are busy rolling out networks that are capable of transferring data at brodband speeds in excess of 5 Mbps. These next-generation networks are available in many countries worldwide and, where coverage is available, offer transport operators the opportunity to deliver high-speed Internet connections to moving vehicles.

The technology most commonly used to provide this service is WCDMA (3G) HSPA (High Speed Packet Access), although other technologies including mobile WiMAX and CDMA2000 are also supported. HSPA is predicted to become the dominant mobile broadband system by 2009.

Typically download speeds of 2-5 Mbps are achievable in metropolitan and suburban areas and along major roads between towns and cities. Within a few years it is expected that speeds will increase to over 10 Mbps comparable to a wired  home or business broadband connection today. The availability of high-speed broadband connections on vehicles opens up a host of new possibilities for operators of public and private transportation.

WIFI HOTSPOTS ON THE MOVE

Equipping a bus or coach with a broadband connection means that passengers can benefit from an on-board Wi-Fi hotspot service, enabling them to check email and surf the web during their journey. The service works like any fixed hotspot in a hotel, coffee shop or airport.

Research has shown that Wi-Fi Internet access is popular on journeys as short as fifteen minutes making it suitable for urban commuter routes as well as intercity connections.

 

HOTSPOTS FOR TRAINS:

Hotwireless launched its wireless hotspot for trains technology in January 2012, with the first deployment in September 2012 with The Blue Train between Pretoria and Cape Town. 

Hotwireless makes use of highly advanced technology which switches towers and networks seamlessly. The Blue Train has had huge success with their on-board Wi-Fi and will be rolling out Wi-Fi on all their coaches by the end of February 2013.

​There is an increasing demand for Wi-Fi on rail. The availability of Wi-Fi connectivity on public transport has developed at an incredible speed. A 2007 report by SQW Consulting, ‘Wireless on the Move’ indicated that “business travellers have increasing expectations with relation to connectivity”, and customer research carried out in 2006 by YouGov found that over half of respondents want access to Wi-Fi services on trains.

This level of demand for Internet connectivity is demonstrated by experience on the UK’s East Coast passenger service. In 2006  Wi-Fi capability was installed on the entire fleet, and they then took the bold step of extending the Wi-Fi service to all passengers for free.

During the first month of operation the number of travellers using the service tripled with numbers rising from 30,000 users per month to over 200,000 – with 85% of laptop owners taking advantage of the service. Research carried out among passengers on the East Coast service has established that Wi-Fi availability had led to a model shift; 22% extra journeys were being made by train rather than by domestic air travel due to the presence of on-board Wi-Fi.

Customers interested in our Wifi hotspots in motion offering should use our contact form to get in touch with us – we will carefully talk you through the considerations.

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