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du offers free wi-fi at 200 Dubai locations

DUBAI: Leading telecom player in the UAE has launched free WiFi services in more than 200 locations in Dubai, and aims to expand the same at more than 300 locations in Dubai, and Abu Dhabi by the end of the year, Othman Sultan, CEO of the company, has said.

The service will empower residents by enabling seamless, reliable and secure connectivity to access the internet, browse government websites and apps, pay bills, get updates about applications and avail eServices, among other benefits, reported Gulf News.

Du, which is the “official WiFi UAE partner” for Dubai Smart City, is offering WiFi in three options — free unlimited and fast access to all the government websites and apps, free WiFi at low bandwidth and the premium speed at a nominal price, the report said.

He reportedly said that customers have options to choose from. Within the complimentary free WiFi, customers have the option of tasting the premium WiFi for five minutes during the day.

As a promotional offer for three months, premium users can avail six hours of high-speed internet that can be used over three days for just Dh20. A Dh50 recharge will buy 20 hours of high-speed internet access that can be used over seven days, it added.

Users can either recharge with a du WOW recharge card or use their UAE or GCC-issued credit card to buy credit.

“We are ready to roll it out in Abu Dhabi and in some places it will be launched in June. We are also devising a plan to launch the service in the northern emirates. We are currently receiving requests and processing those, and hoping to launch by the end of this year,” Sultan added.

Reportedly, it has been rolled out in the Dubai Metro, Dubai Tram, Dubai International Financial Centre, Knowledge Village, Dubai Media City, Emaar Boulevard, Global Village and du shops.

In November, Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, issued a decree to establish a committee called ‘Dubai Open Data Committee’ and their mandate is to draft the law for data in the city, framework, classification and roadmap for implementing the law, Gulf News reported.

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