As a central component of the strategy Vision 2020, the city of Wellington, New Zealand tentative plans to turn into a developed “wired city.” The overall project was Infocity. Info city actually consisted of a collection of sub-projects, which in each case to promote a different way, the city and could promote the use of information technology to help move toward the “2020 Vision”. One of the sub-projects was called City Link. The aim was to Citylink cr … Read more »

As a central component of the strategy Vision 2020, the city of Wellington, New Zealand tentative plans to turn into a developed “wired city.” The overall project was Infocity. Info city actually consisted of a collection of sub-projects, which in each case to promote a different way, the city and could promote the use of information technology to help move toward the “2020 Vision”. One of the sub-projects was called City Link. The goal of City Link was to create a high-speed digital communications infrastructure for the downtown business district. Fiber optic cable should be used to “wire”, easily and inexpensively, downtown shops, a backbone network, using the company could provide, but they wanted to keep yourself competitive. A company was recently established to bring together a number of parties interested in the development of the project. A telecommunications architecture has been developed, and plans for the stringing cables were in progress. While Richard Naylor, the project champion, I was not sure exactly how the city’s businesses would use the cable that he was confident that once the infrastructure was in place, had ideas for its use would easily arise. This case provides a setting for exploring the question of Cities “in competition”, so much to do business and the way in IT can be used in the competition. Also raises interesting questions about the social policy that should pay for such a company that should benefit, and so on.
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Sid L. Huff
Source: Ivey Publishing
38 pages.
Release Date: 27 May 1996. Prod #: 98E009-PDF-ENG
Wired Wellington: The Info City Project and the City Link Network HBR case solution

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