Adelaide has launched the Australia’s largest free public WiFi network.
The network will add up to 200 new WiFi locations – complementing an existing 100 locations already offered by Internode – active across Adelaide’s main business district, ncluding public areas such as all the squares, the Riverbank Precinct and the Central Market, along with parts of North Adelaide with another 11 to be completed over the coming months.
The Minister for Science and Information Economy Gail Gago said the AdelaideFree WiFi network – a joint project between the State Government, Adelaide City Council and Internode – makes Adelaide the first capital city in Australia to offer a service of this scale.
The quality of the WiFi service is comparable to mobile phone 3G and ADSL2+ home broadband services, with a guaranteed download speed of two megabits per second.
“We are investing in Adelaide to deliver a modern, vibrant city where more people want to live, work and invest,” Ms Gago said. “The introduction of free WiFi is another significant step forward that will benefit visitors and locals alike”.
“This $1.5 million investment means anyone with a laptop, smart phone or tablet can surf the net, send emails, post photos or download short videos, do business on the go or promote Adelaide to the rest of the world,” Ms Gago added.
“As many as 5,500 users are connecting to the AdelaideFree network at any one time, with some 30,000 unique users every day,” Ms Gago said.
Adelaide City Council Lord Mayor Stephen Yarwood said the project is the first of its kind and magnitude for any capital city in Australia and is an outcome of Council’s Digital Strategy, setting Adelaide up as the connected capital by providing access to free WiFi in public places throughout the city.
“The vastly extended coverage now allows students, businesses, workers, tourists and visitors to connect just about anywhere, anytime, and that’s a great thing,” Mayor Yarwood said. “It really does build our reputation as a smart city and a city where creativity and innovation thrive.”
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