Australia’s capital city, Canberra is to get the country’s largest municipal free Wi Fi network after the State government awarded a contract to the ISP, iiNet to build it.
In partnership with the ACT Government, iiNet will deploy more than 700 Cisco wireless access points throughout Canberra to create the public wireless network. These access points will be connected to iiNet’s fibre and VDSL2 broadband network, which runs beneath Canberra streets. The network will be free to use by anyone moving through the capital’s busiest commercial centres.
Speaking at the launch in Canberra, iiNet Chief Business Officer, Greg Bader, said that the free public wireless network was a globally significant project. “We believe that free Wi-Fi access is a critical part of the infrastructure of modern cities,” he said.
iiNet has already deployed a free Wi-Fi network in Adelaide.
iiNet plans to complete the first stage of Canberra’s free public Wi-Fi rollout, centred on Civic, by October this year. Remaining areas will be finished by June 2015.
iiNet will further extend the public network by installing an additional 400 Cisco access points within businesses across the city, allowing seamless connection inside and out.