Cape Town â€“ From restaurants to hotels, wireless internet connection is the in thing.
Gadget magazine reports that Baz Bus, the hop-on-hop-off backpacker bus, has recently launched Wi-Fi services in their South African long distance fleet.
Partnering with wi-fi specialists Connected Space, the offering is expected to be accessible from as little as R20 to passengers travelling between Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Durban and Johannesburg.
According to Connected Space marketing and sales manager, Nadine Hetreed, the service caters to a new generation of travellers who are dependent on internet connectivity.
â€œThis unique partnership allows us to bring the convenience and benefits of wi-fi access to travellers,â€? said Hetreed.
The report revealed that tourists struggle to find wi-fi hotspots in smaller and remote areas and this has created an opportunity for travellers in need of access to the internet while they are on the road.
The service works in line with wi-fi enhanced gadgets like laptops, smartphones and tablets as well as ensuring full connectivity.
However, the Cape Town to Port Elizabeth route was piloted to test equipment, signal strength and usage, and therefore a decision was made to extend the service within the rest of the Baz Bus fleet.
The vouchers are obtainable directly from the drivers or using a credit card through the landing portal. Vouchers do not expire and can be used when passengers are on the Baz Bus.
Baz Bus was lifted off the ground in November 1995 by Barry Zeidel, a qualified accountant, entrepreneur and retired backpacker. It has been his dream and long term goal to make Wi-Fi- services available in his buses.
â€œPassenger feedback has been positive and we are excited to finally be part of the technological era that enables passengers to enjoy internet connectivity while travelling with Baz Bus,” said Zeidel.
Connected Space offers wireless network solutions to various establishments in commercial and multi use tenant complexes as well as the hospitality industry. With the launch of the Baz Bus wi-fi, they now offer mobile hotspot solutions.