Parramatta gets Australia’s first 5G fixed wireless network
- 10 July, 2013 11:13
Parramatta lord major, John Chedid and Parramatta councillor, Paul Garrard
Parramatta CBD, in New South Wales, is the first city in Australia to get 5G fixed wireless network, deployed by local Internet Service Provider (ISP), W3 Networks.
5G is the latest generation of wireless technology, which at speeds of up to 100 megabits per second, is three times faster than the current 4G technology, according to W3 Networks.
“W3 Networks has built the Parramatta network as a community service. It’s a network built for our future,” W3 Networks owner, Dustin Wilson, said.
Parramatta lord mayor, John Chedid, launched the city’s free Wi-Fi network alongside members of the ParraConnect Advisory Committee.
The ParraConnect Advisory Committee is a Parramatta City Council advisory body that brings together stakeholders from private and public sectors to bring Sydney together in developing new digital initiatives.
Chedid said the Parramatta City Council is proud to be delivering this service to its residents, workers and aims to make Parramatta one of Australia’s leading smart cities.
“The new service will allow people to check their emails, read the news or surf the net around the clock in the heart of the city’s CBD – along Church Street, from Riverside Theatres to Westfield and parts of Macquarie Street,” he said.
The Parramatta free Wi-Fi service can be accessed for free for up to 30-minutes each day on any Wi-Fi enabled device including laptops, smart phones and tablets. Beyond the time limit, users can sign up to a plan with W3 Networks for continuous access.
“As Parramatta becomes a major knowledge centre in Sydney and society becomes increasingly mobile, it’s critical that we provide the city with the infrastructure that workers, students, businesses and residents need to stay connected,” Chedid added.