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Topic # 89637 6-Sep-2011 15:45
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CallPlus and Slingshot give Auckland City and its rugby world cup visitors FREE WiFi access

CallPlus and Slingshot this week announced that they are providing a free WiFi service to the city of Auckland for the duration of the Rugby World Cup.

As CallPlus CEO Mark Callander says, “this is our contribution to the city of Auckland. We want to help showcase Auckland as a great place to do business by making it quick and easy to get connected. It takes just one click to use our free service and it does not require tokens, apply time restrictions or have a complicated sign up process.”

“Our visitors must get convenient access to the internet to keep in touch with family and friends, and most importantly avoid paying excessive mobile roaming charges. With average global roaming prices at $10 per Mb, 1GB of usage would cost a user $10,000 – that makes for an expensive holiday!”

“Many visitors will have a smart mobile device which are becoming very popular and we are committed to helping them make the most of this technology. We have deployed almost half of the planned 1,000 hot spots within the coverage area of the Auckland Central Business District, the Viaduct, Ponsonby, Grey Lynn, Herne Bay and Freemans Bay.”

Callander continues “the WiFi access points have been offered to all bars, restaurants, hotels, motels and any place where large numbers of people are expected to meet. If any business located in these coverage areas would like to offer an obligation free WiFi service, simply go to www.rugbysupporters.co.nz and request WiFi hot spot. It is simply plug and play.”

“We are seeing very quick uptake with over 50Gb of traffic per day on the network which is amazing, but it is a reflection of how easy the service is to use. All people have to do is click on the ‘CallPlus Rugby Supporters’ or ‘Slingshot Rugby Supporters’ and you’re away. Give it a go.”

“The service is being delivered over our own 4G Wireless network so it is independent of other initiatives designed to provide a similar service. This is great for Auckland and its visitors and should result in a positive customer experience that should spread to their friends and family around the world.”

 




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  Reply # 517581 6-Sep-2011 15:51
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Pretty cool!.. although I guess it's just a matter of time until they receive a copyright notice and have to shut it all down ;)

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  Reply # 517584 6-Sep-2011 15:52
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LOL :)

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  Reply # 517589 6-Sep-2011 15:59
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vfxguynz: Pretty cool!.. although?I guess it's just a matter of time?until?they?receive?a copyright notice and have to shut it all down ;)


Although if they block the ports that are used for file sharing, wouldn't that stop the majority of people trying to use it for file sharing? I guess there are always ways around that though.



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  Reply # 517590 6-Sep-2011 15:59
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There are no "ports used for filesharing"... People can set it to anything, so you'd have to block everything...





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  Reply # 517591 6-Sep-2011 16:00
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Damn, none in range of my desk at work




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  Reply # 517603 6-Sep-2011 16:14
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I guess they will be using there deep packet inspection to block as much as they can.

Anyone used it, what can and can't you do on it. Voip calling?

Nice way for them to Beta test a 4G service.



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  Reply # 517611 6-Sep-2011 16:23
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  Reply # 517614 6-Sep-2011 16:25
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They can't beta test a 4G service, since this is WiFi, not mobile data...



ummmm, not according to Callplus, they are using 4G to distribute to the WiFi hotspot APs.

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doh I was wrong re reading there blub its WiMax as the backhaul, but I am sure I read 4G somewhere there as well, oh well



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  Reply # 517615 6-Sep-2011 16:26
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Oh, that line... Sure, I thought he was referring to end users 4G. Still, what are they using there? WiMax?





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  Reply # 517637 6-Sep-2011 17:08
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They must be testing out the 4G backhall with there 4G spectrum, I guess it's WiMax.
Nice to see them using it.

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  Reply # 517644 6-Sep-2011 17:15
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hellonearthisman: They must be testing out the 4G backhall with there 4G spectrum, I guess it's WiMax.
Nice to see them using it.


Would fibre not be better?

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  Reply # 517670 6-Sep-2011 17:43
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johnr:
hellonearthisman: They must be testing out the 4G backhall with there 4G spectrum, I guess it's WiMax.
Nice to see them using it.


Would fibre not be better?


Not if they're wanting to test their 4G.

Callplus have WiMax licences for Auckland, so most likely a reasonably cost effective way of solving the backhaul issue, and doing some performance testing of the technology via an outlet that doesn't have SLAs attached. 

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  Reply # 517676 6-Sep-2011 17:51
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johnr:
hellonearthisman: They must be testing out the 4G backhall with there 4G spectrum, I guess it's WiMax.
Nice to see them using it.


Would fibre not be better?


Fibre wouldn't allow them to have the quick low cost deployment they need to cover all the places where the crowds will be.

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  Reply # 517688 6-Sep-2011 18:07
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Yeah, the setup time for this system would be quick, ie walk into a bar, do you want a free wifi node here? If yes, plug it in turn it on, done.

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  Reply # 517758 6-Sep-2011 21:04
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They're not going to turn it off inside the stadium in favour of the Geni sponsor-monopoly like Wellington then?

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