2degrees launches Mobile Wi-Fi trial in the Capital with CityLink

11 Jun 2014

As the number of smart phones and tablets multiply, so do the expectations of users for seamless “always on” broadband connectivity and high speed browsing on Wi-Fi and cellular devices.

To meet this challenge, CityLink offers a Wholesale Wi-Fi Service, enabling city councils, transport hubs, accommodation, event centres, stadiums, malls and telecommunication companies to provide their customers with a new experience of high quality Wi-Fi on mobile devices.

2degrees has partnered with CityLink for this service, providing 2degrees’ customers with Wi-Fi access across the Wellington CBD. Initially on a trial basis, if successful, it could be used as a blueprint for 2degrees’ Wi-Fi offerings in other parts of the country.

CityLink has been in the Wi-Fi space for over a decade, providing public Wi-Fi hotspots across New Zealand since 2002. In 2011, supported by the Wellington City Council, CityLink set up cbdfree, which has become New Zealand’s most used Public Wi-Fi network with 75,000 unique users monthly.

CityLink CEO Nick Willis says, “CityLink is delighted to be able to provide this scale of Wi-Fi services to 2degrees for their trial.”

“Wi-Fi has matured into a piece of core infrastructure for businesses and CityLink has delivered numerous custom high capacity Wi-Fi networks. We are best positioned to provide plug and play solutions for high quality Wi-Fi Zones anywhere in New Zealand,” says Dr Willis.

2degrees CEO Stewart Sherriff says “The trial is a chance to explore the potential benefits Wi-Fi can provide to not only our customers, but also our network. With exponential data growth on our network every year, Wi-Fi is becoming a logical option for mobile networks to explore further.”

“Working with an established provider like CityLink who already has a Wi-Fi presence across the Wellington CBD makes a potential commercial offering a lot easier to establish,” he says.

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