Dubai, UAE, 21st January 2015: du, the Official Smart City Wi-Fi Provider in Dubai, has chosen Icomera as its technology partner, giving Dubai Tram commuters a cutting-edge Wi-Fi service throughout their journey. Icomera’s X-Series platform will support passenger Wi-Fi over the du 4G/LTE network, which is being introduced across the tram route and tram stations.
The set-up is designed so that users can experience seamless multimodal connectivity across trams and stations, accessible via any smart device. The network is now operational in two trams and at all 11 stations and work on the nine remaining trams will be completed soon.
Icomera has been creating mobile Internet solutions for over a decade, matching Wi-Fi and transport providers with the service most suitable for them. The adaptive nature of the X-series platform means that Dubai Tram can keep pace with any newer technologies that may be developed and maintain a state-of the-art network. This kind of technology is ideal for Dubai’s Smart City initiative: to make public transport eco-friendly, user-friendly and communicative. Together Icomera and du will make this Smart City a reality.
Saleem Albooshi Executive Vice President, Network Development and Operation, du, said: “We are pleased to bring Icomera on board as the technology partner in our joint vision of empowering commuters with seamless connectivity on Dubai Trams. We would like to thank Icomera for building the Wi-Fi network in a very short time period despite the encountered constraints. The Icomera Wi-Fi will be backhauled over our state-of-the-art 4G/LTE network.”
“As an Emirati company, it is our pleasure to be able to support the vision of the leadership of Dubai to provide a seamless transportation network across the emirate. Providing Wi-Fi services to commuters on the Dubai Tram is a step towards smart city vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum.”
Karl-Johan Holm, President and CEO, Icomera, said: “We are very excited to be involved in this innovative initiative. This is a project with a lot of firsts and we are honoured to have the opportunity to demonstrate our expertise and products and to provide a solution that will put Dubai Tram at the cutting edge of public transport”.
du is one of the biggest telecoms companies in the UAE, providing Internet and telephone services to both homes and businesses. Named as the Best Mobile Broadband Network in Africa and the Middle East in 2012, du value business excellence and innovation and pride themselves on their ability to adapt to the changes in world technology.