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Telecom Launches Wireless Hotspot Service

Tue, 13 July 2004

Telecom Launches Wireless Hotspot Service

Business people now have another option for working away from the office with the launch of Telecom’s new wireless hotspot service.

The new service allows Xtra customers to send and receive data at high speeds without wires or cables when they’re within range of a base station ‘wireless hotspot’.

Telecom’s new Head of WiFi Services, Paul Stoddart, said Telecom’s service would transform the wireless hotspot market in New Zealand.

“To date, hotspots in New Zealand have been characterised by a patchwork of different providers each operating in discrete areas within cities. Telecom’s approach is to provide customers with greater coverage and continuity of service all around New Zealand.”

Mr Stoddart said Telecom’s wireless hotspot service complements existing remote working options, including Telecom Mobile JetStream.

“Our remote working proposition is based on the premise of flexibility and of working where you want, how you want, within our New Zealand coverage area. Wireless hotspots add another way of using our remote working proposition, through providing customers with another access option.”

Telecom’s wireless hotspot network includes the Heritage, and the Millennium Copthorne and Kingsgate Hotel group national chains, as well as Auckland’s Sebel Suites and Quay West Hotel.

There are currently 25 Telecom public hotspot sites throughout the country and the company plans to add new hotspot locations progressively.

The service is currently available to Xtra customers and is offered free of charge until 31 July 2004. From this date, the service will be charged at a rate of $9.95 per hour, including GST, charged directly to the customer’s Telecom bill with the customer’s usual Xtra charges.

For more information on how to access Telecom’s Wireless HotSpot service, please visit telecom.co.nz/wirelesshotspot.

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