Telco giant, Telstra is flicking the switch on its first 150 Wi-Fi hotspots in its national Wi-Fi rollout.
This is part of the telco’s $100 million plan to provide two million national hotspots in the next five years.
The first areas to gain Wi-Fi access include Bourke St Mall in Melbourne, Hyde Park in Sydney and King George Square in Brisbane.
Access to Wi-Fi will be free at the 1000 trial sites before the network officially launches early next year.
“This trial marks the beginning of our ambition to switch on more than two million hotspots across the nation over five years and give customers the best Wi-Fi experience in and out of the home,” Telstra retail group executive, Gordon Ballantyne, said. “We want customers to have greater options for connecting when they're out and about. From browsing the web, streaming videos or sharing photos with friends, we want customers to have a taste of what the network will be like next year, when Telstra Wi-Fi members will be able to use their home broadband allowance at the hotspots.”
The next hotspot locations to go live ahead of Christmas include Katherine in Northern Territory; Byron Bay, NSW; Launceston, Tasmania and Margaret River in Western Australia.
The first Wi-Fi trials will be located at payphone sites and Telstra-built hotspots will also be located at its retail outlets and exchange buildings.
To find the nearest hotspot go to Telstra.com/wifi and once you’re in range of a hotspot find Free_Telstra_WiFi and accept the terms and conditions.
Once the network is officially launched next year, existing Telstra home broadband customers with a compatible gateway and join the Wi-Fi community can use their home broadband allowance at domestic hotspots and more than 13 million Fon-enabled hotspots overseas. Non Telstra customers and Telstra customers than don’t join the Wi-Fi community can still connect to Fon-enabled hotspots for small charge using guest passes.