WiFi coming to Petřín funicular

The number of places with free WiFi continues to expand

The spread of free WiFi on public transportation is growing. Passengers will be able to use a wireless internet connection in the future at the Petřín funicular, the cable cars that go from Újezd to the top of Petřín hill.

City Hall on Tuesday approved the move. The company Simac Technik ČR should install a WiFi network and control system within four months of signing the contract. The installation of the project should cost the city some Kč 2.3 million. The Petřín funicular is part of Prague Integrated Transport (PID) system.

This is in addition to WiFi being introduced at six metro stations — Hlavní nádraží, Pražského povstání, Náměstí Republiky, Smíchovské nádraží, Florenc B and Florenc C — which was announced in September. That program should cost some Kč 10 million, excluding tax. The technology for this project will be supplied by ČD-Telematika

These projects will add to the existing locations where there is free WiFi at or near public transportation or in other public areas. In June a privately funded project to put WiFi into tram stops. Advertising firm JCDecaux announced at the time there would be WiFi at 300 tram stops by the end of the year.

Separately, the Prague Public Transit Company (DPP) is continuing to expand the number of trams that have WiFi on board as it modernizes the fleet. By 2022 DPP hopes to have 60 to 70 percent of the fleet covered.

Smart benches, which are solar powered, also provide WiFi connections and can be used by the public to recharge phones. If the pilot project is successful, smarter benches will be installed across the city.

Prague Zoo has WiFi at seven locations.

Prague 11, which encompasses the Jižní Město housing project, also has the initiative to provide free public WiFi.

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