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For immediate release: 12 August 2014

Global eduroam Wi-Fi service extended across Wellington CBD

Wellington’s CBD is now a global campus for students and academics from around the world with REANNZ extending ‘eduroam’ wireless Internet access services across CityLink’s central city Wi-Fi network.
 
REANNZ, the provider of high-performance network services for New Zealand’s education and research communities, has exclusive rights for eduroam in New Zealand. 
 
eduroam is a secure roaming Internet access service for the international research and education community. Access to eduroam is available to students, researchers and staff from 5000 participating institutions in nearly 70 countries around the globe.
 
“CityLink was the obvious partner for this project,” said Steve Cotter, CEO of REANNZ.
 
A network infrastructure service provider, CityLink has been in the Wi-Fi space for over a decade providing public Wi-Fi hotspots across New Zealand.  In 2011, supported by the Wellington City Council, CityLink set up CBDFREE, which has become New Zealand’s most used public Wi-Fi network with close to 75,000 unique users each month.  

“By extending the eduroam footprint beyond institutional boundaries, we’re turning Wellington’s CBD into an offsite campus for the global knowledge community. This will help our city’s libraries, museums, cultural institutions and even cafés become key building blocks to a borderless, educated society.” says Steve.
 
To test the concept, REANNZ and CityLink first ran a three month pilot, extending eduroam into a test zone in Cuba Street, one of the city’s busiest social and activity hubs.
 
“Pretty soon we were seeing over 2500 unique eduroam users enjoying unlimited Internet access from the central city. Wellington’s buzzing education community is now being complemented by CityLink’s Wi-Fi network.”
 
REANNZ already deploys eduroam at all New Zealand universities and an increasing number of research institutes and polytechnics and is working to extend its reach off-campus.
 
CityLink CEO Nick Willis says Wi-Fi is now a must-have for the student community, particularly high quality internet access. 
 
“Wi-Fi devices like smartphones and tablets have proliferated and with it the demand for uncongested quality internet access and CityLink can provide plug and play solutions for high quality Wi-Fi Zones anywhere in New Zealand,” says Dr Willis.
 
The eduroam Wi-Fi zone in Wellington includes:  The Wellington Golden Mile extending from Courtenay Place, Manners Street, Willis Street, and important landmarks like Wellington Central Library, TSB Arena & Shed 6, Michael Fowler Centre, St James Theatre, City Gallery and Wellington Cable Car Terminals
 
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For more information:

REANNZ
Steve Cotter, CEO
Email: steve.cotter@reannz.co.nz 
M: 021 223 5395

CityLink
Nick Willis, CEO 
Email: nick.willis@citylink.co.nz 
M: 021 346 708 

About REANNZ

REANNZ (Research and Education Advanced Network New Zealand) is the not-for-profit Crown-owned company that owns and operates a high-speed, high-performance network and associated services for New Zealand’s education, research and innovation communities.

Members include universities, Crown research institutes, wananga, institutes of technology and polytechnics.

The REANNZ network supports the specialised needs of high-end science and research and links cross-institutional collaborative activities like the National Science Challenges and the Centres of Research Excellence.

About Citylink

Established in 1995, CityLink is New Zealand’s foremost supplier of open access wholesale telecommunications services and a wholly owned subsidiary of the NZX publically listed TeamTalk group of companies.

The company operates an extensive fibre network and feature rich Ethernet service in the Wellington CBD, its outlying suburbs and Auckland CBD.

It manages New Zealand’s largest Internet Exchange including APE, WIX and CHIX, colocation facilities in Auckland and Wellington and custom high capacity Wi-Fi networks for cities, education, malls, stadiums, accommodation, events, conference centres and transport hubs. 

About eduroam

eduroam is a secure, world-wide roaming access service developed for the international research and education community. It allows students, researchers and staff from participating institutions Internet access across campus and when visiting other participating institutions by simply opening their laptop. 

Access to eduroam is available to students, researchers and staff from 5000 participating institutions in nearly 70 countries around the globe.

Watch this short video for an introduction to eduroam:

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