Canberra has had its first taste of iiNet’s free, fibre-based public wireless network ahead of the official October launch of CBRfree.
The Internet service provider (ISP) implemented a small-scale Wi-Fi network at the Floriade flower festival in the city’s Commonwealth Park which will serve an estimated 450,000 visitors (based on 2013’s attendance) over the month-long event which commenced on September 13.
This is the first time the event has offered Wi-Fi to guests.
iiNet is using seven Cisco wireless access points at the Park, which are connected to its core network via more than 2000 metres of fibre optic cable.
The network’s maximum theoretical download speed is 300 megabits per second (Mbps), although real-world rates will depend on network traffic.
Floriade organiser, Adelina La Vita, expects the availability of free Wi-Fi to “encourage even more people to share their experiences on social media.”
As part of iiNet’s contract with Floriade, the event will feature an iiNet Flower Wall, a 4m x 2.5m structure covered in native Australian flora which will be lit up at night.
While outside the CBRfree launch timeline, the Commonwealth Park implementation is part of the same network, and was among the initial list of 12 deployment zones.
The first phase of CBRfree will ‘officially’ go live at some stage in October, centred on Civic.
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The remaining business districts on the timeline – Belconnen, Dickson, Woden, Tuggeranong, Bruce, Manuka-Kingston, Gungahlin, Weston Creek, Parkes, and the foreshore – are scheduled to be completed by June 2015.
CBRfree will be free to use by anyone in the coverage areas; it will not require any contractual obligation, registration, or sign-up process.
The project will comprise a total of 700 Cisco wireless access points.