Timaru District Council and Timaru-based Internet service provider Vetta Online have just lit up a new, free public WiFi network at Pleasant Point.
From today, anyone along Pleasant Point Highway or Afghan Street, between Manse Road and Khan Street at Pleasant Point can access 500MB of fast, free WiFi every day.
Council Chief Information Officer, Justin Bagust, said that bringing connectivity to the town helps contribute to a better connected society and effectively empower the communities with better services.
“An increasing number of people use the Internet constantly in their education, professional and social lives, and for many of them burning through their mobile data allowance is a reality.
“This free to use network enables anyone to access the services and take advantage of immediately available information such as local news, tourist attractions, and promotional offers.” Bagust said.
“It is also advantageous both for tourists, who would enjoy internet connection without roaming charges, and for the local economy, which would largely benefit from increased levels of tourism.”
“Extending connectivity to the area also enables our communities to get into contact with their families, friends, and emergency services more conveniently in emergency situations.”
“We now have our free public WiFi covered in Timaru CBD, Caroline Bay Park, Aorangi Stadium, CBay, Timaru Airport and Temuka, which makes us become one of the best connected districts in the country.” Bagust said.
Vetta Online Operations Manager, Shaun Fisher, is proud to be able to unveil free WiFi in Pleasant Point in time for the holiday season.
“This latest addition to our free WiFi network brings together the latest WiFi hardware, running from our South Canterbury wireless backbone network, giving the public a great WiFi experience.”
“Being a locally based Internet provider, supplying fast and reliable connectivity around the region is a key focus for us. We’re looking forward to seeing the uptake in usage by the public.”
“We are also grateful to the Pleasant Point Museum & Railway for their support of this project, and generosity in allowing our use of their property to ensure we can offer a good coverage area in Pleasant Point.”
Users can access the free WiFi by choosing ‘Vetta Free WiFi’ on their device. 500MB per day is free, but for users needing more data, paid plans are available.
District Council and Timaru-based Internet service provider Vetta Online have just lit up a new, free public WiFi network in Temuka.
From today, anyone on the central section of King Street and around the Alpine Energy Community Centre in the Temuka Domain can access 500MB of fast, free WiFi every day.
Timaru District Chief Information Officer, Justin Bagust, said that the team have been working to bring connectivity to the town for some time.
“We’ve had free WiFi within and directly adjacent to the Temuka Library for years now, but the next logical step was extending this service throughout Temuka’s major public spaces,” he said.
“More and more of what we do on a daily basis is online and for many people burning through their mobile data allowance is a reality.
“This network enables free access for anyone on any WiFi compliant device, whether that’s paying a bill, downloading an ebook or magazine from the library or uploading the perfect insta shot of your lunch.
“It’s also great for tourists, who are increasingly looking online for visitor information and often rely on free WiFi to connect home without racking up a huge roaming bill.”
Extending connectivity to the area around the Alpine Energy Community Centre also makes high speed internet access available to the local Civil Defence team in times of emergency via the council’s own network.
“With Temuka now coming online alongside Timaru, Caroline Bay Park, Aorangi Stadium, CBay & Timaru Airport, we’re becoming one of the best connected districts in the country. The next town we’re looking at establishing connectivity in is Pleasant Point,” said Justin.
Vetta Online Operations Manager, Shaun Fisher, said he was thrilled to be able to bring Temuka online to the Free WiFi network.
“Being a Timaru-based Internet provider, we’re always looking for ways to increase connectivity in our own back yard.
“This new location is bringing Temuka the latest network hardware and systems in order to give users, residents and guests the best Public WiFi experience we can.
“We’re looking forward to closely watching the use of the new Temuka network, defining areas in high demand and evolving the network to meet the growing online needs in today’s modern world.”
Users can access the free WiFi by choosing Vetta Free WiFi on their device. 500MB per day is free, but for users needing more data, paid plans are available.