Telstra switches on first 150 Wi-Fi hotspots

20 Nov 2014

Australian fixed line incumbent Telstra has switched on the first 150 Wi-Fi hotspots of its planned national Wi-Fi network, while more than 100 towns and cities are expected to gain access to the infrastructure before Christmas. Telstra revealed that initially people will be able to trial its Wi-Fi hotspots at some of the country’s ‘busiest and most iconic locations’, including Bourke Street Mall in Melbourne, Hyde Park in Sydney and King George Square in Brisbane. Looking ahead, it aims to increase the number of sites up and running to 1,000 by the end of the year, with the telco saying it had chosen certain towns, regional hubs and holiday destinations for rollout because this is ‘where [it knows] people will be spending time this holiday season’. Underscoring what the operator said was the national reach of the programme, among the locations named for rollout by year-end are: Katherine in the north of the country; Byron Bay in east; Launceston in the south; and Margaret River in the west. With the first Wi-Fi trials to be located at payphone sites in the heart of local communities in metro and regional areas, access will initially be free before the network launches officially early next year. Commenting on the development, Gordon Ballantyne, Group Executive Telstra Retail, noted: ‘This trial marks the beginning of our ambition to switch on more than two million hotspots across the nation over five years and give customers the best Wi-Fi experience in and out of the home.’

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