Tele­com gaug­ing wi-fi de­mand in cen­tral city

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Free wire­less in­ter­net is com­ing to cen­tral Auck­land – but for a limited time only.

Tele­com is to run a pub­lic wi-fi trial to get a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of the de­mand for the ser­vice in pub­lic places.

The ser­vice will be of­fered for free for all users un­til Septem­ber.

More than 300 wi-fi ac­cess points are be­ing in­stalled across metropoli­tan and sub­ur­ban ar­eas of Auck­land, Welling­ton and Christchurch in the trial which is de­signed to un­der­stand cus­tomer de­mand for the ser­vice.

Hotspots will be set up in Mt Roskill, Royal Oak, One­hunga, Lyn­field, Mt Eden, Green­lane, Mt Al­bert, San­dring­ham, Pon­sonby, Herne Bay, West­mere and around the the city.

Users are en­cour­aged to pro­vide feed­back via Tele­com’s Face­book page and Twit­ter stream.

Tele­com is ac­ti­vat­ing the trial ser­vice through ex­ist­ing Tele­com tele­phone boxes.

Users will ini­tially be taken through a short on­line regis­tra­tion process be­fore their de­vice au­to­mat­i­cally con­nects to the ser­vice each time there­after.

‘‘We all know that Ki­wis are bet­ter con­nected than ever be­fore, and in­ter­net en­abled de­vices are ev­ery­day items chucked in hand­bags, school bags and brief­cases,’’ Tele­com’s mo­bile prod­uct man­ager Ed Hyde says.

‘‘We be­lieve our pub­lic wi-fi has the poten- tial to be a re­ally good way of help­ing cus­tomers make the most of those de­vices on-thego and also man­age data us­age on their mo­bile plans.

‘‘We’re keen to un­der­stand if Ki­wis agree, which is why for a limited time we are of­fer­ing free ac­cess to all.’’

Free: Wi-fi will be avail­able from Tele­com phone boxes.

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