WA Labor promises free Wi-Fi for Perth trains

WA Labor promises free Wi-Fi for Perth trains

Summary: If it wins the next state election, the Western Australia Labor Party has promised AU$1 million to fund a trial of free Wi-Fi for Perth trains.

SHARE:

The Western Australian opposition has said that it will put up AU$1 million for the installation of free Wi-Fi on Perth trains if it wins the next election.

WA Labor Leader Mark McGowan said yesterday that 10 trains in Perth would be equipped with free Wi-Fi over the next three years in preparation for the rollout of Labor's planned new Metronet trains. "Any new trains ordered would also be installed with Wi-Fi capability, with the intention of improving or expanding it throughout the entire Metronet rail network," he said in a statement.

"Metronet will not only connect the suburbs, but it will also connect Perth commuters to the world. Free Wi-Fi is a further tool to attract commuters out of their cars and onto Perth's new transport network."

McGowan said that the Wi-Fi trial would be used to iron out any problems and determine what sort of demand there was for the service from commuters before the launch of Metronet.

"This free Wi-Fi trial will identify the level of demand and any improvements required to ensure the successful roll-out of free Wi-Fi across Metronet."

Western Australia Premier Colin Barnett had previously dismissed WA Labor's Metronet plans, stating that without costing, there is a major funding black hole associated with the plan.

Western Australian residents go to the polls on March 9.

Queensland Rail launched free Wi-Fi on its services in August, and Bombadier signed a AU$207 million deal with Victorian rail company V/Line last November. Bombardier said that the new carriages it will be supplying could be equipped with Wi-Fi connectivity when it is launched in 2016.

Topics: Government, Government AU, Australia

About

Armed with a degree in Computer Science and a Masters in Journalism, Josh keeps a close eye on the telecommunications industry, the National Broadband Network, and all the goings on in government IT.

Kick off your day with ZDNet's daily email newsletter. It's the freshest tech news and opinion, served hot. Get it.

Talkback

0 comments
Log in or register to start the discussion