Telstra to shut off Wi-Fi hotspots

5 Dec 2011

Australian fixed line incumbent Telstra is to discontinue it national wireless hotspot service from next year, according to iTnews. The operator has reportedly already begun shutting down a number of hotspot sites in preparation for a full closure of the service by the end of February 2012. It is understood that the telco only has around 35 active hotspots left in operation, with the bulk of those located at Telstra offices around the country, as well as at capital city airports. At the peak of its Wi-Fi hotspot network development Telstra had more than 400 hotspots nationwide, and at one time had suggested this number could grow to more than 1,000. Commenting on the decision to mothball the service, an unnamed Telstra spokesman pointed to a lack of profit from the offering, stating: ‘Over time we’ve found that our customers prefer the convenience of taking their own internet connectivity with them through the use of mobile broadband … This transition away from wireless hotspot usage has also been driven by the availability of fast 3G mobile coverage and more affordable data pricing. We will use our new 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) investment to support the growing demands of users on our network.’

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