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Fast wireless internet is now available in Auckland.

Auckland became the first city in the country yesterday to offer the service, which allows users, for a small charge, to connect to the internet in certain areas in and around the CBD.

The Wi-Fi project is a partnership between Auckland City Council, Wi-Fi service provider Tomizone and telecommunications company Kordia.

The service will cover seven zones of the Auckland CBD and fringe - Aotea Square, Remuera, Parnell, Karangahape Rd, Ponsonby, Viaduct Basin and Westhaven, including the marina.

Within these zones, users can access wireless internet at speeds of at least 2Mbps for $3 per hour, $6.50 per day or $30 per week. The Wi-Fi service does not require contracts - users can pay as they go, using portable log-ons.

Auckland City councillor Aaron Bhatnagar said the launch had been planned to coincide with the start of the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series later this month.

"Delivering wireless internet will help to develop the economy: many businesses have been expecting the service and will benefit greatly."