Wi-fi launched on selected bus routes

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 18 November, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 18 November, 2008, 12:00am

Bus passengers will be able to surf the internet free of charge, with the introduction yesterday of Wi-fi on 10 buses serving routes on Kowloon and Hong Kong Island.

The buses serve nine New World First Bus routes - 2, 2A, 8, 101, 104, 106, 111, 112, 116 - and a Cityflyer airport route of Citybus, the A11 or A12, subject to operational needs.

Elaine Chan Yin-ling, deputy head of corporate communications at Citybus and New World First Bus, said the pilot scheme reflected passengers' needs and the government's efforts to build a citywide wireless network.

'We thoroughly understand the needs of our customers for real-time communications any time, anywhere,' she said. 'We believe the launch of free internet access on buses will further enhance the travel experience for our customers.'

Buses providing the service will carry a label saying 'Free internet access on Wi-fi bus', which will be placed near the front door.

Ms Chan said the company would closely monitor service performance and passengers' responses to decide whether to extend the service.

A spokeswoman for the company said the routes had been chosen because they were long-distance routes and had more regular passengers.

Passengers could surf most websites at a transfer speed of 7.2 megabits per second, but any illegal or indecent content would be filtered out, she said.

She assured passengers that the new service would not prompt an increase in bus fares.