Powerful ‘nighthawk’ wi-fi now available on the bus
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.
ALL ABOARD THE YELLOW BUS: The Byron to Lismore commuter bus now comes with free wifi.