THE South Australian Government is calling for expressions of interest to operate a free Wi-Fi service on all or part of the Adelaide Metro network, including trains, buses, trams, and selected railway stations and interchanges, with an anticipated commencement date of December 2017.
Adelaide's tram passengers already have access to free Wi-Fi but the State Government wants to extend the service to potentially include almost 900 buses and more than 130 train cars as part of an effort to make travel more enjoyable for the almost 70 million passengers who use Adelaide Metro services each year.
Transport and Infrastructure Minister Stephen Mullighan said the government is seeking high quality and reliable internet access which is simple and easy to use.
"We are always looking for ways to improve the public transport experience and encourage more people to catch our buses, trains and trams," the Minister said.
"Rather than spending their commute behind the wheel of the car, public transport passengers can use the time to catch up on their favourite TV show, surf social media, read an online magazine or newspaper or catch up on emails without chewing through their data package."
The expressions of interest close on 10 August and potential contractors are required to detail the standard of the services they could provide, how it would be installed and maintained, as well as any potential cost to the government. Proponents must also provide details of what data or content, if any, would be sold to third parties.