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Free Wi-Fi service coming to city buses

RIDERS soon will be able to enjoy free Wi-Fi service inside city buses, as the bus operator is working with telecom companies to provide the service.

Shanghai Bashi Group, the bus operator, said it intends to provide Wi-Fi in response to passengers' increasing demands. But the details of the plan have not been set, said bus officials.

A spokeswoman with the Shanghai Telecom Co said they were still preparing and testing the technology for the bus.

Smart phone users currently have little access to free Wi-Fi on public transportation such as subways and buses. Such service is available in other cities like Guangzhou in southern China.

The city government wants to change that. Along the three new bus lines opened recently in the downtown Lujiazui financial area in Pudong New Area, office workers can enjoy free Wi-Fi at bus stations but not onboard. The bus lines link the main office buildings in Lujiazui and provide easier connections between Metro lines and buildings.

Some other public places, including some parks, currently have Wi-Fi available.


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