University of Canberra student Claudia Reppin,18 of Murrumbateman welcomed the news of free WiFi in the CBD. File photo: Melissa Adams
Canberrans will be able to download up to 100 megabytes of data through a free Wi-Fi network to be launched in Civic in October.
The first trial of the Wi-Fi network was launched in Garema Place on Thursday, with people able to access it from 12-7pm.
The Garema Place hotspot will be turned on permanently in October.
ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher announced iiNet as the successful tenderer to provide Wi-Fi spots across the capital.
She said the $3.1 million network in the central business district would enliven Civic and create a hub of digital activity for businesses.
“It’s about ensuring we’re able to share the benefits that come with technology,” Ms Gallagher said.
“It’s the way the modern world works, and this will allow that to happen in a way that is free and accessible to all.”
iiNet has delivered a free public network in Adelaide that is used by 200,000 people each month and has up to 500 people connected during peak periods.
iiNet chief business officer Greg Bader said Canberra’s program was set to be the largest in Australia.
The company has been contracted to provide free internet from 745 access points, of which 400 will be indoor and 345 outdoor. The service is expected to deliver users with 100Mb megabytes a day, totalling 3 gigabytes each month.
A mobile Wi-Fi service will be tested on five ACTION buses during the next year, with a full roll out to be considered if the trial is successful.