All four South African mobile network operators have agreed to ensure full network coverage for voice and data services on the Gautrain rapid rail system by July 2014.
Gauteng MEC for roads and transport Ismail Vadi met recently with representatives of the networks and officials from the Gautrain Management Agency and the Bombela Concession Company to discuss the urgent need to provide services on the train network.
Vadi says the parties have agreed to a joint technical implementation plan that will take place in three phases. Services will be provided by Cell C, MTN, Vodacom and 8ta.
The first phase will ensure voice services are provided at all underground stations by June 2013. The second will increase coverage to include the 15km tunnel section of the Gautrain system by December 2013.
The third and final phase will ensure coverage on the remaining portions of the 80km rail system and the goal is to have this completed by July 2014.
Vadi says he is “truly encouraged by this new partnership with mobile operators, which will see commuters enjoying much-needed communication services while travelling on the Gautrain”.
He says connectivity is essential, particularly during service interruptions and delays, as it allows commuters to inform people about these and make alternate arrangements. — (c) 2012 NewsCentral Media
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