First published Tuesday 25th May 2010 10:00am
Last updated Tuesday 25th May 2010 4:45pm

The University of Waikato is currently experiencing problems with its connections to KAREN (the New Zealand research network) which Lightwire uses to provide free data to Google and its services. Rather than making all Google sites and services become unavailable, Lightwire has automatically redirected this traffic out its main Internet connection.

This means that traffic to Google is currently being charged for in the same way as normal traffic you do. This will continue until the KAREN connection is restored.

This will also put extra load on the Lightwire Internet connection which may cause slightly degraded user experience until the connection is restored.

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First published Monday 15th February 2010 10:24am
Last updated Monday 15th February 2010 10:24am

We're pleased to announce that as of today, Google hosted services are FREE when you access them on Lightwire at the University of Waikato. This means you get free access to Gmail, Google Docs, Google Calendar and much more as long as you're logged in to Lightwire at the University of Waikato.

We've worked with the University to hook Lightwire up to KAREN, the Kiwi Advanced Research and Education Network. Google provides high-speed access to their services over KAREN which means you'll get free access as long as Google continues to advertise their services to KAREN.

We'll let you know if Google changes the way they provide services over KAREN or if our arrangement with the University changes. Until then you can enjoy free and fast access to Google services on Lightwire at the University of Waikato.