Telecom NZ (Telecom), the national communications service supplier in New Zealand, is transforming conventional payphones into ultra fast, outdoor wi-fi hotspots in locations across the country and Ruckus Wireless is helping in this transformation.

According to a statement by the American wireless company, Telecom's initial pilot project, completed in less than 12 weeks, outfitted phone booths in holiday locations over this past Christmas in December 2012.

They used Ruckus ZoneFlex7762 outdoor dual-band 802.11n access points (APs) to provide the public with free high-speed wi-fi access.

Telecom is now expanding its solution to more of the 3,000 telephone booths it operates across the country.

Any person with a wi-fi-capable New Zealand mobile device can use the free trial wi-fi service in selected locations.