Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Tourists to reap benefits from Melbourne’s free Wi-Fi

Victoria has cemented its reputation as Australia’s tech leader with the country’s largest and fastest free Wi-Fi network now up and running, benefiting tourists, visitors and businesses across Melbourne’s CBD.

VicFreeWiFi is accessible from hotspots on the city’s major streets, as well as CBD train stations, Bourke Street Mall, the Queen Victoria Market and the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. It is also available in central Ballarat and Bendigo.

VicFreeWiFi and Connected Cities project director Ben Thomas said free Wi-Fi was considered an absolute must for business and leisure travelers, as many tourists have limited or expensive access to internet data.

“Free Wi-Fi is a must to give visitors the motivation and opportunity to explore the city and really see the very best it has to offer,” Mr Thomas said.

“VicFreeWiFi is providing benefits across the board and not only helps visitors and tourists but our small businesses and public services including hospitality, tourism and transport operators.”

The speed and quality of the network is on par with world-class free public Wi-Fi networks in New York, London and San Francisco. It will not only allow tourists and visitors to keep in touch with family and friends, but also plan their journey on the move from booking accommodation, getting directions to researching bars, restaurants and transport services.

Running for five years, the project is managed by telecommunications company TPG, allows up to 250 MB per device, per day – and does not require personal logins or feature pop-up advertising.

The Andrews Labor Government’s $11 million VicFreeWiFi service is unparalleled in Australia, covering an area of 600,000 square metres across the three cities.

The advanced infrastructure will also be available for piloting future connected city projects and for state and federal disaster response in the event of an emergency over the five-year pilot.

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