iiNet is set to build Australia’s largest free Wi-Fi network for Melbourne, Ballarat and Bendigo.
Dubbed VicGovFree, the $6.7 million network will contain more than 1000 wireless access points, providing free Wi-Fi coverage across the central business districts of the three cities.
As part of its deployment, iiNet will install access points throughout central Melbourne, Bendigo and Ballarat to provide extensive free wireless Internet access for anyone using public spaces, whether they’re commuters, tourists or students.
Each user will have a daily data quota of 250 megabytes.
In Melbourne, the coverage will include the City Loop train stations of Southern Cross, Flinders Street, Melbourne Central, Flagstaff and Parliament as well as iconic attractions such as Queen Victoria Markets and the exterior of Federation Square.
The network will also cover parks including Flagstaff Gardens, Carlton Gardens, Treasury Gardens and Fitzroy Gardens.
For the convenience of commuters and visitors, the VicGovFree network will also work on Melbourne trams operating the City Circle line as well as on Bendigo’s Tourist Tram.
iiNet Chief Business Officer, Greg Bader, said iiNet was proud to be part of this major project.
“The VicGovFree network will be the largest WiFi deployment in Australia and one of the largest in the world,” he said.
“Public WiFi is now the new benchmark for modern communities, so we applaud the vision of the Victorian State Government. The Melbourne, Ballarat and Bendigo councils have been fantastic to work with, so we look forward to expanding this to other communities.
“This infrastructure will position Victoria as a world leader in connected cities. iiNet is committed to Victoria. We have more than 250 passionate staff here and it is our area of fastest growth.”