Auckland has its its most sophisticated public Internet access facility yet today, with the launch of Net Central in Lorne Street in the Central City.
Net Centralmanager George Ma, a veteran of an earlier cybercafe, Comm.Unity, says the new cafe will be more than just a place to access the Net over a cuppa.
"Of course we will be offering Internet access, games, email and a full cafe. But more importantly, we have forged a few relationships with people such as Digital, Microsoft, and Cleafield Software, who wil be using Net Central as a testbed for new technology and developments. It's all very exciting.
"We're starting out with eight Digital Venturis FX PCs, two Alphas and six Motorola StarMax machines. Our service provider is Telstra and we'll be running full Microsoft Office software. Our initial target market will be students, inner-city residents and travellers, but as we grow we expect to tap into the business market as well. We already have firm plans to open a training centre and demonstration facility in conjunction with Clearfield Software."
Clearfield Software MD Ian Bosworth agrees that business will find a well-equipped cybercafe useful, and that "it is vital that clients have the opportunity to explore newproducts so they can make informed business. Net Central will provide that opportunity."
Net Central is at 5 Lorne Street in central Auckland, where Mark One Comics used to be. Its Website is at www.netcentral.co.nz.