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Beeline Kazakhstan Hits the Road with Wi-Fi Bus Fleets

The project involves equipping local bus fleets with 3G Wi-Fi routers allowing the passengers to surf the web for free while on board.

Beeline Kazakhstan has added another city to its offering of free on-board Wi-Fi for city bus passengers, with the city of Kostenay joining others including Petropavlosk, Kokchetau, Turkestan, Uralsk and Karaganda.

The project involves equipping local bus fleets with 3G Wi-Fi routers allowing the passengers to surf the web for free while on board.  120 city buses in participating cities across Kazakhstan have been equipped. In the coming months;  Beeline Kazakhstan is looking to make the service available in larger cities in the country.

The program started around the beginning of this year, with an idea to enable people to have better quality time while they're commuting – e.g. to look up the news, check the weather or chat via social networks.

"As smartphones, tablets and other devices are becoming more popular, the people have a real need for high-speed mobile Internet access wherever they are. We were the first to launch a similar project on a national scale. Providing free Internet access for city residents, we give them more opportunities to develop and expand their interests, and we hope, to make mobile data use – on and off the bus – part of their daily routines," says Taras Parkhomenko, Beeline Kazakhstan CEO.

The project utilizes Beeline Kazakhstan's 3G network, essentially turning every passenger into a customer. The project has been welcomed by city authorities in the participating communities.

Maksut Kaliev, a Deputy City Mayor in Kostenay, says: "Free web access while riding the bus is truly a great opportunity to spend time on the way to school or work. We welcome Beeline's initiative and thank them for this useful and interesting project. Surely, it's a great gift to Kostanay ahead of its 135th anniversary."

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