Story image

Dunedin is on the road to city-wide free wi-fi

The Dunedin city-wide free gig-enabled wi-fi hotspot network is one step closer to completion with the Dunedin Railway Station hotspot.

With speeds up to 50 times faster than average public wi-fi, Dunedin’s GigCity wi-fi network is attracting more than 50,000 unique users a month logging in for more than 900,000 sessions with over 5,000 gigabytes of data used.

Latest figures from Spark show on average, users accessed the hotspots, now located in 15 locations around the city, for between 20 minutes and 70 minutes per session, with the most popular spots in January being at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery (23,000), Wall Street Mall (around 21,000) and the Museum Reserve (17,000).

Users can also access the ultrafast hotspots in the Octagon, Dunedin City Library, Mosgiel Library and playground, Toitu and the Chinese Gardens, Port Chalmers Library, the Botanical Gardens, St Clair, South Dunedin, and the Dunedin Exchange.

Just one location, in Macandrew Bay, is still to be completed in the planned city network, likely to go live next month.

Digital Community Trust chair John Gallaher says, “The free GigCity wi-fi provides Dunedin residents and visitors to the city with the fastest free wi-fi network in the country offered in key locations.

“We’re excited to see the hotspots proving popular, not only for short stints online to check emails or social media but for lengthy sessions of an hour or more where the public may be using the resource for work.” 

“As the winners of the Chorus Gigatown competition and the country’s first GigCity, Dunedin wants to ensure people can stay connected wherever they are in the city, our free GigCity wi-fi network is a part of achieving that vision.”

This free city-wide network is one of the first of its kind to be established. 

Hopefully, larger New Zealand cities will begin to follow suit as having access to the internet becomes increasingly vital while people are on the move. 

The city-wide network is also an important infrastructural step moving Dunedin one step closer to becoming a smart city.

Who's watching you? 
With privacy an increasing concern amongst the public, users should be more aware than ever of what personal data companies hold.
Game review: Rage 2 (PC)
The similarities between Mad Max and Rage 2 are very apparent. The overall setting and design aesthetic are clearly inspired, if not from the Mad Max game, from the Mad Max movies.
Apple brings 8-core processors to MacBook Pro
The addition of 8th- and 9th-generation Intel Core processors will deliver 40% more performance than a 6-core Pro.
Hands-on review: Playing the long game with the The iPhone XR
The red XR is a rare case of having a phone that’s ‘too pretty to be covered’ - and it’s not hard to see why.
Hands-on review: MiniTool Power Data Recovery Software
I came across a wee gem of advice when researching the world of data recovery. As soon as you get that sinking feeling and realise you’ve lost a file, stop using your computer.
Deepfakes the 'next wave of concern' - but can law really stomp it out?
Enforcing the existing law will be difficult enough, and it is not clear that any new law would be able to do better. Overseas attempts to draft law for deepfakes have been seriously criticised.
Google Street View cars about to hit NZ roads again
If you’ve ever used Google Streetview and been frustrated that the imagery is so outdated by years, Google brings good news. 
D-Link hooks up with Alexa and Assistant with new smart camera
The new camera is designed for outdoor use within a wireless smart home network.