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Wi-Fi for city buses tested soon

CITY bus operators and telecom companies said they will test Wi-Fi technology on a local bus, aiming to provide the service for riders soon.

The trial will be conducted on the 926 bus route, said the local bus operator.

Many details of the technology are still under discussion, said bus officials. The operators did not disclose whether the service will be free or when it will start.

Shanghai Bashi Group, the bus operator, said it intends to provide Wi-Fi in response to passengers' demands.

The bus operator signed an agreement with China Telecom after noticing increasing demand from passengers in June.

The city government is taking measures to open free Wi-Fi services citywide at public places like parks, railway stations, the Bund area and hospitals.

However, smartphone users still have little access to free Wi-Fi on public transportation such as subways and buses.


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