Pow­er­ful ‘nighthawk’ wi-fi now avail­able on the bus

The Northern Star - - NEWS - The ser­vice was a So­cial Fu­tures ini­tia­tive as part of the Lis­more Sus­tain­able Trans­port Group. This was based on com­mu­nity de­mand and lo­cal com­mut­ing

SCHOOL hol­i­days have ar­rived and for many par­ents try­ing to keep the kids en­ter­tained can be chal­leng­ing. In­tro­duc­ing wifi... on a bus. The trial of Blanch’s new com­muter bus be­tween By­ron Bay and Lis­more was set to con­tinue un­til June 4 and has just been made even bet­ter with the ad­di­tion of wifi, cour­tesy of Tel­stra, and free news­pa­pers cour­tesy of The North­ern Star.

The area gen­eral man­ager of Tel­stra Michael Marom said: “We’ve en­abled the bus with our lat­est wifi hotspot de­vice which is called the Tel­stra nighthawk. It’s the most pow­er­ful de­vice on the mar­ket”.

“As­sum­ing there is a mo­bile sig­nal, the wifi will give you the best con­nec­tiv­ity avail­able. The con­nec­tiv­ity is through Tel­stra’s net­work.

“We aim to give all pas­sen­gers, re­gard­less of which provider they use, a great ex­pe­ri­ence.”

The 640X ser­vice does a loop, leav­ing By­ron Bay at 7.20am and trav­el­ling through Len­nox and Bal­lina be­fore head­ing via Goonellabah to Spinks Park in Lis­more and South­ern Cross Univer­sity.

At SCU it changes its name to the 641X and re­turns to By­ron via Bex­hill, Clunes and Ban­ga­low, be­fore mak­ing the re­turn jour­ney from at 3.55pm. data. The pro­posal was cham­pi­oned by Lis­more MP Thomas Ge­orge and a six month trial for a ser­vice be­tween By­ron Bay and Lis­more was funded with Blanch’s Bus Com­pany pro­vid­ing the ser­vice.

At this stage the trial is due to end on June 4.

It is now brightly “wrapped” in The North­ern Star mast­head so that it stands out from the other ser­vices.

Photo: Karin von Behrens

ALL ABOARD THE YEL­LOW BUS: The By­ron to Lis­more com­muter bus now comes with free wifi.

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