Midlands-based bus operator Trent Barton is to install Wi-Fi access on selected routes.

The company, which operates the Red Arrow bus network, is one of the UK's only truly independent bus route operators, employing close to 1,000 people in various parts of Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire, running its fleet on a network of local routes.

The bus operator has selected technology from Moovera Networks to deliver internet connectivity on commuter coaches running between Nottingham and Derby. It has rolled-out eight Wi-Fi-enabled Scania Irizar vehicles on the Red Arrow service which departs every fifteen minutes during rush hour. The solution is also being used as part of the GPS vehicle location system.

"We've made a significant investment to modernise our fleet of over 270 buses and are continually seeking new ways to provide better service to our customers," said Mark Greasley, Commercial Manager at Trent Barton. "By putting Wi-Fi hotspots on our vehicles we're offering passengers a way to make the most of the forty minute journey. "

The Moovbox solution offers Wi-Fi access on the Red Arrow vehicles at speeds up to 3.6Mbps by creating a bridge between the coach and Vodafone's 3G HSDPA cellular broadband network.

"The Red Arrow service that Trent Barton operates in the Midlands is very popular with commuters who will immediately benefit from the ability to get online for free while on the bus," said Jim Baker, Moovera CEO and founder.