New Zealand’s Tomizone, which provides wi-fi hotspots for accessing high speed wire internet, has signed an agreement with Australian ISP iiNet.
In a deal similar to that signed here with Orcon, iiNet will offer Tomizone’s service to its customers and build Tomizone’s network.
IiNet customers will also be able to set up wi-fi hotspots by connecting wi-fi devices to their broadband connection to access the internet. They can then earn usage fees from others who pay for access, and half of any usage revenue earned will be distributed to those iiNet customers who use Tomizone.
"Wi-fi hotspot ubiquity is a problem globally. To address this shortcoming, people will be able to set up a Tomizone hotspot with iiNet and contribute to the growth of what could be over time, the largest wi-fi network in Australia," says Tomizone's CEO Steve Simms.
Tomizone’s service works by embedding its firmware in particular wi-fi routers. When it is activiated on the router, customers’ access is authenticated, usage is regulated and payment is collected. Fifty percent of revenue is distributed to the hotspot owner, although users can offer free access to friends.
IiNet CTO Greg Bader says the agreement is a way to extend its customer’s home broadband connection, and for customers to earn income from their broadband connections.
He says iiNet will also work with Tomizone to deploy hotspots in major population areas, to assist small business owners who want to give wi-fi access to customers.
It hopes the first hotspots will be operating by November.