Written by Paul & Allister in General
at 9:16 am, Thu 17 Nov
We’ve been working with some cool companies to get free WiFi up and running in the flash new Re:Start Cashel Mall retail precinct in Christchurch's CBD, and it was officially switched on this week.
Thanks to the good people at Enable Networks, FX Networks and The Press for helping make it all happen. All these companies are committed to helping out in Christchurch and the ongoing efforts to rebuild the city.
The free WiFi network means everyone visiting Re:Start with WiFi capability on their phone, laptop or tablet will be able to surf the internet. The initiative is completely free and public with no commercial or revenue objectives.
As mentioned in The Press on Saturday, if it goes well we'll look to extend it down the track too.
The Christchurch initiative follows in the footsteps of the free WiFi on the Wellington waterfront we kicked off back in January, in conjunction with Wellington City Council.
Some technical information for any WiFi boffins out there (you know who you are):
- the network is called "Trade Me FREE WiFi”
- you can see what the landing page looks like here
- access points are in place around the Re:Start precinct
- the fibre connection is provided by Enable Networks
- the backhaul to Wellington is provided by FX Networks
- the network is delivered via outdoor high performance, multi-radio 802.11n mesh access points.