Gigatown, which was launched October 28 last year, intended to spark innovation and mobilise the potential of Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) to transform NZ economies and services, and therefore drive greater outcomes for local communities. According to a statement from Telecom, the program has created significant interest in the benefits of fibre thus far.
The key component of Telecom’s initiative is the installation of one gigabit per second (1Gbps) fifth generation Wi-Fi hotspots from Cisco Systems at strategic and high-traffic locations around the country. The units will also be implemented within the winning Gigatown.
“Over the past year we have rolled out a nation-wide Telecom Wi-Fi network of over 800 public hotspots in refitted Telecom phone booths,” Telecom Digital Ventures mobility, commerce, data and apps senior vice-president, Ed Hyde, said.
“Installing even faster fifth generation Wi-Fi at selected locations means we can offer superior Wi-Fi speed and performance.”
While the details behind GigaWiFi are yet to be determined, the competition will look to further encourage fibre uptake by helping users take further advantage of its capabilities.
Commenting on Telecom’s move, Chorus marketing and sales general manager, Victoria Crone, said, “We think there is fantastic synergy between fifth gen Wi-Fi and Chorus fibre to provide world class connectivity and GigaWiFi is a great way to draw attention to this great opportunity."