Australian fixed line incumbent Telstra has revealed that it is to more than double the scale of its planned Wi-Fi network, outlining its intention to switch on more than 1,500 new hotspots across the country, on top of the 1,100 it is already has deployed. In a press release the operator also confirmed it will bring Wi-Fi to all 80 of its retail stores later in 2015. Gordon Ballantyne, group executive for Telstra Retail, was cited as saying that the wireless broadband network was growing rapidly, with the planned extension expected to bring the service to an extra 60 locations.
With regards to future deployments, Telstra is seeking customer feedback and providing the opportunity for people to select preferred locations online so that the company can determine ‘which hotspot locations will really help people connect in regional areas around Australia’. Commenting on the community-led rollout strategy, Mr Ballantyne added: ‘Australians are proving to be fast adopters of Wi-Fi, with more than one million unique devices connecting to the 1,100 hotspots we have switched on since November … We want the community to be a part of the rollout and are giving them a chance to tell us where we should priorities switching on 500 of the new sites. We have a list of areas where we think Australians might like to use Wi-Fi but we want to know for sure by asking people where they would like the next Wi-Fi hotspots switched on.’