Towerstream, which has built a wholesale Wi-Fi hotzone network in Manhattan, has partnered with 8coupons, a consumer portal for local and daily deals, to offer geo-targeted deals through the its Manhattan Wi-Fi network.
The daily deals have free Wi-Fi access attached to them. Visitors can log on to view a surprise daily deal and then use Wi-Fi for free. 8coupon has an inventory of more than 50 daily deal providers in Manhattan such as LivingSocial, Groupon, KGB Deals, Gilt City, LifeBooker, Zozi and many more.
"Towerstream believes 8coupons is an ideal partner in our strategy to monetize our carrier class Wi-Fi network in Manhattan," said Peter Clifford, director of Wi-Fi Business Solutions at Towerstream. "Geo-targeted deals from 8coupons combined with our advanced network, makes for an exciting fit, especially for Manhattan users who crave connectivity and who are passionate about their pursuit to find the best deals."
"Not only are we providing free public Wi-Fi, we are also connecting New Yorkers to great deals within walking distance to where they are at that exact moment," said Matt Moskowitz, director of marketing at 8coupons. "
Towerstream originally built its Wi-Fi network to offer it to mobile operators as a handoff solution to alleviate network congestion. It is designed to have a minimum of 200 Mbps of available bandwidth per hotspot. However, local search and advertising companies have approached Towerstream, understanding the Wi-Fi can track users without taking personal information. In addition, Towerstream and Boingo Wireless entered into a wholesale deal in October that allows Boingo to manage Internet services across Towerstream's Manhattan Wi-Fi network.
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