8ta has unveiled its free in-cab Wi-Fi initiative at an event in Sandton today (18 October 2012).
In the press statement that accompanied the announcement, 8ta said that there are 150 Wi-Fi-enabled cabs that operate across Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban.
The Nissan Lavina cabs are branded with 8ta’s 60GB+60GB prepaid data deal, and 8ta boss Amith Maharaj said that there are plans to extend the fleet over time.
8ta explained that the cabs were each fitted with a router, and use 8ta’s network infrastructure to supply the actual Wi-Fi service in the vehicles.
Huawei, a manufacturer of networking and telecommunications equipment, announced in a separate press statement today that they are participating in the 8ta Wi-Fi Cab programme.
The Chinese information and communications technology systems provider went on to announce the new Huawei E5331 pocket Wi-Fi modem – a 3G modem that provides a portable Wi-Fi hotspot.
Connecting to the Wi-Fi in the cab is a simple process, 8ta said; passengers need to check their device settings, ensure their Wi-Fi is enabled, and then select the “8ta Wi-Fi hotspot”.
While in the cabs, passengers will have full Internet connectivity, including web-browsing, e-mail and access to social networks. The Wi-Fi in the cabs is compatible with all Wi-Fi-enabled devices, 8ta said, regardless of whether passengers have smartphones, laptops or tablets.
Should any connection issues arise while traveling, 8ta said passengers have the support of 8ta’s call centre to assist them. The number to call for the 8ta call centre is 081 180 for non-8ta subscribers, and 180 for 8ta subscribers.