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New Zealand Network Starts Free Wi-Fi Service Trial

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New Zealand based 2degrees says that it is about to begin a Wi Fi trial in central Wellington, which will give a select group of 2degrees customers unlimited Wi Fi data for free.

2degrees has partnered with CityLink and will invite around 20,000 Wellington based customers to take part in the three-month trial.

2degrees CEO Stewart Sherriff says the partnership is quite different to other existing mobile Wi-Fi offerings in New Zealand.

"This trial gives customers commercial-free Wi-Fi access across a concentrated geographical area of the Wellington CBD rather than just random "hotspots" that people need to be in very close proximity to," says Mr Sherriff.

"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. If the trial is successful, it has the potential to be used as a blueprint for 2degrees' Wi-Fi offerings in other parts of the country.

2degrees customers involved in the trial will be given a password specific to their device which is valid for three months.

2degrees says it expects to make a decision on the viability of Wi-Fi as a commercial service later in the year.

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