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Parties seal deal

Ropate Valemei
Saturday, November 17, 2012

THE Fiji Bus Operators Association, Vodafone and Foneology sealed a deal yesterday for a solution to the e-ticketing system.

Vodafone Fiji corporate affairs manager Shailendra Prasad said it was about time that they put the matter to rest.

"Finally, we are very delighted to sign this memorandum of understanding that will officially declare our partnership to provide e-ticketing to the bus industry in Fiji," he said.

FBOA president Richard Lal said they had worked tirelessly and some members had taken huge risks to get the e-ticketing system going.

"We are convinced that this is the way to go where we not only achieved a fare collecting system but now also achieved a business management system which will do a lot more for us than just electronically collect bus fares," Mr Lal said.

He said this was a huge leap forward for the industry and it was also a new paradigm shift that would benefit all stakeholders.

"We are very happy to partner with Vodafone and Foneology and I think this partnership will go a long way."

Mr Prasad said, "everybody was happy on what we had offered."

He said Fiji should look to Singapore on developments of technology in the bus industry.

Foneology director James Trusler said so far 100 buses had been installed with the system.

Mr Trusler said the first bus would begin to implement e-ticketing service next week.

He said 180 buses would be installed with the system by next Sunday. "There will be more machines coming by the end of this month," he said.

Mr Trusler said they would be able to install the e-ticketing machines in 1000 buses in the country by the end of December.


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