Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.
Free Wi-fi for Wellington waterfront
Posted on 14-Sep-2010 16:27 | Tags Filed under: News



Visitors to the waterfront in New Zealand's capital are set to enjoy fast and free wireless internet access in time for Christmas, thanks to a joint effort by Trade Me and Wellington City Council.

The free wi-fi network will mean that visitors to the waterfront will be able to surf the internet via a wireless network from Queens Wharf, across to the NZX Centre, and down to Te Papa.

It is anticipated the network will be all up and running in early December 2010.

Trade Me CEO Jon Macdonald said it just seemed like a good thing to do. "Trade Me is an online business and we love being part of Wellington. We firmly believe Wellington is the internet capital of New Zealand, and helping people connect to the web in and around the waterfront is a good fit for us.

"We started talking with Kerry Prendergast about the idea several months ago and she was strongly supportive. Wellington City Council has been great to deal with and like us they have a can-do attitude which has helped make this all come together pretty quickly. We see the service benefiting locals, tourists, travelling business people and community groups."

Wellington Mayor Kerry Prendergast said she thought the initiative was fantastic and it would be great to have it in place before the influx of summer visitors and the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

"Providing Wellingtonians and visitors with free wireless broadband access is a great thing for the city. Hats off to Trade Me for sparking the idea - we're rapt that Wellington will be New Zealand's first city to have free waterfront wi-fi," she said.

"It's also an example of the benefits that can result from local government and local businesses working together."

The initiative is purely gratis, and there are no commercial or revenue objectives. The service will be reviewed in a year's time.

The network will be called "Trade Me - free wi-fi". Wireless repeaters will be placed in and around the NZX Building on the Wellington waterfront. Trade Me will meet all costs of materials, service provision and bandwidth, while the Wellington City Council will arrange access for the placing of repeaters and meet the costs of installation and electricity.






comments powered by Disqus


Trending now »

Hot discussions in our forums right now:

New Vodafone Broadband Plans
Created by Naithin, last reply by antoniosk on 21-Oct-2017 17:15 (55 replies)
Pages... 2 3 4


Load bearing wall? Looking for builders opinions
Created by Louis1985, last reply by wellygary on 23-Oct-2017 22:37 (16 replies)
Pages... 2


Macrium Reflect backup software - anyone using it?
Created by geekIT, last reply by Dynamic on 23-Oct-2017 21:01 (16 replies)
Pages... 2


Vodafone TV - Is this sky?
Created by wingbat45, last reply by richms on 20-Oct-2017 18:00 (84 replies)
Pages... 4 5 6


KRACK - WPA2 essentially cracked.
Created by michaelmurfy, last reply by Paul1977 on 20-Oct-2017 09:28 (76 replies)
Pages... 4 5 6


Amazing that some speciality shops in malls survive at all
Created by amiga500, last reply by richms on 20-Oct-2017 23:07 (14 replies)

Streaming of some All Blacks games on Allblacks.com for only $24.99!
Created by dazhann, last reply by vexxxboy on 22-Oct-2017 07:45 (30 replies)
Pages... 2


macbook macbook pro for school kid options?
Created by floydie, last reply by Yabanize on 23-Oct-2017 22:18 (9 replies)