Internet service provider (ISP), Internode, has renewed its sponsorship agreement with Adelaide’s WOMADelaide 2014 festival, which will see it double its intended free Wi-Fi coverage for the four-day music festival.
WOMAD, the World of Music, Arts and Dance, was founded by Peter Gabriel in 1982. The Australian version, WOMADelaide, launched in 1992, with the 2014 event being held in Adelaide’s Botanic Park from March 7 to 10.
In its third-year as sponsorship partner of WOMADelaide, Internode will continue to live-stream headline acts in high definition, and is planning to “more than double” the amount of free wireless Internet coverage it provides, which will now allow up to 2000 concurrent connections.
“WOMADelaide is a simply wonderful festival that brings together music, art, cultures and people from all around the world - just like the Internet,” Internode founder, Simon Hackett, said.
WOMADelaide marketing manager, Nicola Prime, said, “Internode is a wonderful partner which makes the event more audience-friendly with free Wi-Fi coverage and more accessible to music-lovers who can’t attend by live-streaming performances,” she said.
According to a statement, Internode will have completed rolling out two major projects by the time the event takes place next year. This includes the deployment of the City of Adelaide wireless network as part of a $1.5 million contract with the South Australian Government and the upgrade of its existing Adelaide Citylan network.
The former, AdelaideFree, will see the deployment of more than 200 Cisco outdoor wireless access points from Wakefield and Gouger Streets to North Terrace. The latter includes the rollout of an addition 82 access points, and the upgrade of all existing sites of 802.11n capability, promising a five-fold speed increase.
Internode claims the projects will take Adelaide CBD’s Wi-Fi coverage to 97 per cent.
Nermin Bajric contributed to this report.