Telkom has partnered up with the South African National Taxi Council (Santaco) in order to bring free Wi-Fi connections to taxi ranks, as well as mini bus taxis, across South Africa.
Santaco CEO, Nkululeko Buthelezi, told Talk Radio 702 that the initiative is part of a project that looks to improve the group’s taxi services.
The service is believed to begin its roll out on 12 June 2014. While the service is initially free, to those travelling via the upgraded taxi services, it is said that the taxi organisation would allow a multitude of of partners and stakeholders to advertise on this particular platform. The revenue generated by advertisements will be used in order to fund the project.
Buthelezi said that, “I believe that this project will contribute to the growth of the country in general. Furthermore, commuters will be able to access Wi-Fi at taxi ranks in order to look for jobs and socialise with their friends online.”
Phase 1 of the project is expected to equip around 1,500 taxis as well as 10 of the major major taxi ranks with Wi-Fi connectivity.
Buthelezi also stated that Santaco, in conjunction with Telkom, aimed to roll-out between 4,000-5,000 Wi-Fi equipped taxis each month.