FREE Wi-Fi was this week launched on all public buses in Alice Springs, as part of government plans to provide a modern, convenient public bus system and support demand for quick access to information.
The technology has been installed on Alice Springs' five public buses at a cost of just under $50,000 for the first 12 months, including support and maintenance. The subsequent annual cost of internet access, support and maintenance for each bus is expected to be approximately $2,500.
Access to the free Wi-Fi service is limited by both download limit (100 megabytes per day per device) and time (90 minutes per day per device).
Northern Territory Chief Minister Adam Giles said further improvements to the Alice Springs bus network include fifteen new bus shelters currently being installed around town, including four already completed.
"In addition, $290,000 has been provided for bus cut-ins and pavement work and $300,000 to install bus stop totems with timetables and wheelchair compliant slabs and seats at identified stops," Mr Giles said.
Minister for Central Australia Matt Conlan, said the announcement was a win for the Centre and would provide significant tourism benefits for the Centre, adding that the government is making the development of Central Australia a priority.
"The wi-fi ensures the town's public transport system is tech-savvy and on par with other services offered around the country," Mr Conlan said.