Auckland City Council is planning to deliver wireless internet access in the city centre and fringe through a new wi-fi network.
The council is preparing a case for the network as part of a drive to deliver more affordable broadband for most Auckland residents by 2010, documents released last week show.
The council is developing a plan for what it describes as the “market led” establishment of an open access, outdoor wi-fi network in Auckland CBD and CBD Fringe as part of what it calls its “CBD into the future” strategy.
Its long-term vision, the documents say, is for the city to become a “smart and sustainable economy that is well equipped and strives to compete globally”. Access to affordable high-speed broadband is identified as a key element to achieving this.
The proposed network is defined as a wireless network that “operates on the 2.4GHz and/or 5.8GHz spectrum available under general user licence using the IEEE 802.xx standards commonly known as wi-fi.
“The request for infromation seeks to investigate the viability of a market-led approach to the supply of innovative wireless broadband solutions that will encourage economic development and business attraction for Auckland CBD and CBD fringes,” the documents say.
“In particular through this RFI process, the council intends to obtain information that will help it complete its business case for the wi-fi project. A key element of the business case is to identify the extent to which respondents will require access to council infrastructure, the type of access required and other relevant conditions that the respondents consider necessary to make this wi-fi project a reality.”