Cairo-based Mobiserve just announced that Dubai’s WiMax network has been completed and delivering internet access to Wi-Fi enabled devices on the Dubai Metro, the longest fully automated (driverless) rail transport system in the world.
Nomad Digital deployed the metro’s state-of-the-art WiFi network, which provides seamless broadband connectivity to all trains and stations using both mobile WIMAX and HSPA network solutions. Motorola’s WiMAX gear provides the backhaul for the Dubai Metro.
Mobiserve began work on the project last year in June and completed implementation on over 20 stations city-wide within three months. The Red Line, which is 52km long, is already functional and is expected to be followed by the Green line in early 2010. Once completed, the Metro will have 47 stations, four of which will be underground.
“As the Middle East’s first rail line Wi-Fi enabled network, Dubai Metro’s WiMax network marks a real evolution in Dubai’s transport by giving commuters truly mobile Internet while traveling on the go,” said Sameh Atalla, CEO of Mobiserve.
The WiMAX network serves both over ground and underground metro sites, including the world’s largest underground station, Union Square, and adjacent shopping malls such as the Mall of the Emirates, Deira City Centre, Dubai Internet City Station and Ibn Battuta Mall. Dubai’s Burj Khalifa is the tallest man-made structure ever built, at 828 m (2,717 ft).
Free WiFi coverage is available in food courts, lobbies and other areas, and most outdoor public spaces within the free zone clusters. Du already has WiFi installations in Starbucks outlets in the Dubai free zones, and more at Dubai Festival City, Times Square Centre and the Dubai World Trade Centre.
Here are Wired’s Five Commuter iPhone Apps You’ve Gotta Try:
- Bike your Drive — A free app specifically for bike commuters. It uses the iPhone’s GPS to calculate how far you’ve gone, how many calories you’ve burned and how much gas (and money) you’ve saved .
- Transit Maps — Simply download the map from your local transit agency and store it on your phone.
- Aha — Provides real-time traffic info about your route. Play karaoke with your fellow road warriors or sound off in a “shout room” about that moron who cut you off or find a coffee shop.
- Zipcar — Easier than trying to navigate the Zipcar website on your phone. This free app is a must-have for frequent Zipcar users.
- Maps + Compass — Plug in your current location and your destination and tell it whether you’re walking, driving or taking the bus. The app will map out the best route.
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