The free public WiFi network launched in Melbourne, Bendigo and Ballarat will be one of the largest free public WiFi deployment in the world, and will position Victoria as a world leader in connected cities”, according to iiNet Chief Business Officer Greg Bader.”Public WiFi is now the new benchmark for modern communities so we applaud the vision of the Victorian State Government”.
Launched in October 2014, the VicGovFree WiFi network provides a fast and free WiFi service, located in and around public infrastructure, including transport hubs and tourist attractions.
The network will be extended to 1000 access points across Melbourne, Ballarat and Bendigo by end 2015.
“It will help to improve the tourism experience, draw more digital entrepreneurs to Victoria, support small businesses and education sector and provide additional communications support during emergencies”, said Victorian Premier Denis Napthine said.
The service will not carry advertising, request personal email addresses or passwords, or collect browsing history.
There is a 250MB download limit per device per day, allowing up to three hours of constant web browsing or 200 photos to be shared on social media.
The network will cost $6.7 milllion, and will be built and maintained by iiNet.
More information about the free WiFi pilot visit the website.