Porirua CBD gets wifi coverage

KRIS DANDO
Last updated 11:23 29/04/2014

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Wireless internet covering the entire Porirua city centre is a step closer.

Porirua City Council's Te Komiti signed off on free wi-fi last week. It will be delivered by Smartlinx3.

The total cost to ratepayers will be up to $140,000 for the installation of fibre and wireless infrastructure and up to $2500 per month for the internet connection.

There will be also be a $10,000 to $15,000 cost for eight screens in the CBD that will be able to display business advertising, providing some revenue for the council.

The council's manager of economic development, Chris Lipscombe, said the "Welly Wi-Fi" service running now was restricted to 100 megabytes per device per day and there were "bubbles" in the city centre that were covered, leaving dead spots.

"What we have at the moment is good existing coverage, but we are extending that significantly, and with higher speeds. We are creating a more robust infrastructure for free wireless to the whole city centre," he said.

The new capacity would be one gigabit per second and will incorporate the area to the library, Te Rauparaha Arena, the railway station and Cobham Court.

Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett said it was an important part of the CBD's reinvigoration.

"It's critical infrastructure for our city. It's practical and it's real and something that can be delivered to businesses and visitors to the city."

Lipscombe's report to councillors said the costs were not in the recently published draft annual plan, but fell within funding for the CBD revitalisation programme.

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