Vietnam public buses get free WiFi

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Saigon BusIn order to increase their usage, buses in Vietnam’s business capital Ho Chi Minh City, used by only 1.4 per cent of commuters, will be equipped with free WiFi to attract more passengers, the country’s Department of Transport said on August 29.

A proposal by the HCMC Transport Cooperatives Association has been approved and wireless connection on a bus route has been successfully tested. Many passengers expressed satisfaction, saying it allowed them to read newspapers, search for directions and do other things during the trip.

The association will now cooperate with telecom companies, which will provide the connection in return for advertising in vehicles, local media reported.

More than 3,000 buses operate on 270 routes in the city and the service is not received very well. The HCMC Institute for Development Studies found that most of the more than 7,000 complaints per year by bus passengers was about staff’s poor attitude towards passengers, driving safety and buses’ failure to stop at designated places and be on time.

The Department of Transport is planning to spend $94.65 million until 2015 to buy 1,680 new buses. Subsidy for bus transport increased 35.7 times between 2002 and 2012, when more than $66.2 million were spent.

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In order to increase their usage, buses in Vietnam’s business capital Ho Chi Minh City, used by only 1.4 per cent of commuters, will be equipped with free WiFi to attract more passengers, the country’s Department of Transport said on August 29.

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Saigon BusIn order to increase their usage, buses in Vietnam’s business capital Ho Chi Minh City, used by only 1.4 per cent of commuters, will be equipped with free WiFi to attract more passengers, the country’s Department of Transport said on August 29.

A proposal by the HCMC Transport Cooperatives Association has been approved and wireless connection on a bus route has been successfully tested. Many passengers expressed satisfaction, saying it allowed them to read newspapers, search for directions and do other things during the trip.

The association will now cooperate with telecom companies, which will provide the connection in return for advertising in vehicles, local media reported.

More than 3,000 buses operate on 270 routes in the city and the service is not received very well. The HCMC Institute for Development Studies found that most of the more than 7,000 complaints per year by bus passengers was about staff’s poor attitude towards passengers, driving safety and buses’ failure to stop at designated places and be on time.

The Department of Transport is planning to spend $94.65 million until 2015 to buy 1,680 new buses. Subsidy for bus transport increased 35.7 times between 2002 and 2012, when more than $66.2 million were spent.

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