Optus to bring in-car 4G Wi-Fi to Uber drivers

Initial trial to be rolled out in 100 vehicles in Sydney and Melbourne

Optus has partnered with Uber to bring in-car 4G Wi-Fi for selected Uber vehicles.

The trial will see 100 vehicles in Sydney and Melbourne fitted with in-car Wi-Fi devices that allow for up to ten devices to be connected at the same time.

The device aims to enable all Uber passengers to access the Optus 4G Plus Network on the go without having to use their personal mobile data.

Optus director of local markets, Steve Long, said Uber has fundamentally changed the way the telco thinks about getting from point A to point B, and saw this as an opportunity to create a connected experience for drivers and riders by using Optus’ 4G Plus Network.

“Recognising that online access is a critical component of the Uber experience, we are offering exclusive offers to both drivers and passengers to access the fast and reliable Optus Network while they are in transit,” he added.

According to Uber A/NZ head of business, Brent Annells, the partnership opens up the benefits of Uber’s platform to more Australians.

“Optus has truly embraced the benefits of ridesharing today by enabling their employees to access safe and reliable rides at the touch of a button, while Optus’ deal for driver-partners will help make Uber the best and most efficient platform for partners to earn a flexible income,” he continued.

As part of the partnership, the telco will also introduce Uber as a business travel resource for Optus employees.

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