01.Telstra announces major Wi-Fi rollout
Telstra has announced plans to share home Wi-Fi capacity to create what it claims is Australia's largest network of hotspots.
The scheme, announced yesterday, is scheduled to launch in early 2015 with plans to provide access to two million Wi-Fi hotspots across Australia within five years.
The telco plans to use the spare capacity of home broadband modems to create Wi-Fi hotspots for public use, which will be free for Telstra broadband customers and available to anyone else for a small fee.
In addition, Telstra plans to build a further 8000 dedicated Wi-Fi hotspots in major towns and cities with a focus on public places such as shopping centres, high streets, sports stadiums and transport hubs.
The network also plans to reach overseas, allowing people to connect at more than 12 million international hotspots, as part of an exclusive deal recently concluded with global Wi-Fi provider Fon.