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WIC NZ Ltd announces Innovate 100 programme

Media Release
Dunedin, New Zealand. 12 November 2010.

Wireless Internet Connections (WIC NZ Ltd) announces Innovate 100 programme.

WIC NZ Ltd formally announced today the availability of its Innovate 100 programme. This initiative is aimed at assisting the growing population of Internet startup companies and creative industries in Dunedin in the process of developing innovative and compelling online content to be delivered to consumers in New Zealand and the rest of the world. WIC NZ pioneered low-cost, fixed-rate commercial and residential connections with no data caps or excess data charges, removing barriers to entry and other disincentives to use amongst the user population.

New and innovative ideas on the Internet take time to evolve and mature and can gain critical mass only through engagement with a wide audience. Where there is a high barrier or cost of entry to providing content, often these ideas do not have time or opportunity to flourish. Innovate 100 is a solution to reduce those barriers and retain creative, innovative thinkers within the Dunedin community.

Innovate 100 provides an online digital content producer with access capacity of up to 100Mbps of outbound Internet traffic. The access points for this service are open to existing and new customers at high-capacity fibre-connected nodes in Dunedin city. Content served via Innovate 100 is peered nationally at all of the neutral Internet exchanges to facilitate rapid access from all consumers regardless of ISP.

Innovate 100 is a step beyond existing service offerings and takes advantage of increased capabilities and under-utilised outbound capacity on our Internet backhaul. We believe that with the advent of Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB), a robust content and hosting ecosystem needs to evolve to meet future demand. Innovate 100 is the first step in stimulating local content providers to experiment with new ideas that will scale up to meet this demand. Stu Fleming, Managing Director and Chief Technical Officer of WIC NZ says: “This is the lowest cost of entry that we can think of to enable Dunedin-based content providers to be able to implement their ideas and get their online content to the world. All you need is a server and a network cable.”

Innovate 100 is available to new and existing WIC NZ customers and associates of The Distiller. “WIC NZ has been a long-time champion for Dunedin’s bootstrapped technology entrepreneurs through its unconditional support of The Distiller since its inception,” says Jason Leong, co-founder of The Distiller and PocketSmith. “Innovate 100 is a clear example of the forward thinking and action that will uplift Dunedin’s profile as a cradle for entrepreneurship, and we’re very excited to be a part this remarkable opportunity. We look forward to partnering with WIC NZ in building the next generation of products and services that will be consumed over the broadband of tomorrow.”

The Innovate 100 programme will operate for 12 months from January 2011. It is available initially at WIC NZ’s hosting centre at Cresswell St, Dunedin and within the Centre for Innovation at St David Street, Dunedin. WIC NZ is a Layer 2 provider with Flute Networks and can extend Innovate 100 at cost to reach any location within the Flute Networks coverage area.

WIC NZ Ltd is a Dunedin-based, privately-owned independent Internet Service provider operating since 2004. For more details regarding these announcements, please contact:

Stu Fleming, Managing Director (WIC NZ Ltd)
Tel: 0508 123 942 or 021 993 125

Wireless Internet Connections
PO Box 13146, Green Island, Dunedin
Email: stewart@wic.co.nz

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FREE wireless internet in Dunedin …now that’s wicked!

Media Release
Dunedin, New Zealand. 12 November 2010.

Wireless Internet Connections (WIC NZ) Ltd launches free wireless access in Dunedin.

WIC NZ Ltd introduces its free wireless service in Dunedin under the Wicked Networks brand. Wicked Networks has been operating since March 2010 and has over 2300 registered users regularly using the network of around 30 Wi-Fi (802.11N) hotspots across the city. The service provides a registration-based, advertising-supported portal with high-capacity access to local services and shared Internet capacity upstream.

Wicked Networks was officially launched by Clare Curran MP at 5:30pm Friday 12 November 2010, at the Centre for Innovation, 87 St David Street, Dunedin.

Wicked Networks provides an easy, low-cost means of access to information and services by locals, business users and visitors alike. The coverage, capacity and user base of the service are all scalable at incremental cost. Wicked Networks has grown at the rate of 100 new users per week and delivers around 150GB of monthly traffic.

The Wicked Networks infrastructure provides an open-access platform to support services operated by multiple service providers. WIC NZ maintains robust interconnect arrangements with other local operators for high-capacity data exchange at low cost.

Wicked Networks is used by Otago Polytechnic to extend the range and coverage of their campus wireless network across the city. Wicked Networks is used to support the delivery of augmented reality content in a novel project supported by the Dunedin City Council lndustry Project Fund. Wicked Networks welcomes and encourages other operators to adopt the service and willingly engages with any third-party provider wishing to operate differentiated services on the open-access platform.

Wicked Networks addresses many issues that are commonly encountered for free wi-fi:
• securing the customer relationship via e-mail and text verification systems
• robust traffic management to reduce or eliminate unacceptable usage
• support for “access with payment” voucher codes at designated locations
• ability to cooperate with existing wireless providers.

The key to the success of this platform is the inclusiveness provided by the cooperative interconnect arrangements with other providers. Any service provider can broadcast their wireless service identifier (SSID) over the common infrastructure and have their traffic delivered at a designated exchange point. Usage of the Otago Polytechnic campus wireless service has more than doubled since the introduction of the additional coverage on Wicked Networks. The open access component was designed to stimulate innovation and we are delighted to see this happening already.

The costs of the Wicked Networks service are met by advertising revenue on the login and registration portal pages that appear in a Web browser, and from the interconnect arrangements with third-party providers.

For more information about Wicked Networks, please direct all enquiries to:

Stu Fleming
Managing Director, WIC NZ Ltd

Wicked Networks PO Box 13146, Green Island, Dunedin
Freecall: 0508 942 533 or 0508 WICKED
Email: info@wickednetworks.co.nz
www.wickednetworks.co.nz

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