THE city of Adelaide has launched a massive free WiFi network upgrade across the city in a joint project by the South Australian government, Adelaide City Council and internet provider Internode, making Adelaide the first Australian capital city to offer a service at such a scale
More than 200 new WiFi location complement the existing network of 100 hotspots, covering the central business district and parklands, as well as nearby North Adelaide.
The quality of the service is comparable to mobile phone 3G and ADSL2+ home broadband services, with a guaranteed download speed of two megabits per second.
The city will be unrolling even more points to improve coverage in the coming months, as well roaming mobile access points which will be deployed at major public events.
Minister for Science and Information Economy Gail Gago said the $1.5 million investment in the AdelaideFree WiFi network was a significant step forward that will benefit visitors and locals.
“As many as 5,500 users are connecting to the AdelaideFree network at any one time, with some 30,000 unique users every day. We are investing in Adelaide to deliver a modern, vibrant city where more people want to live, work and invest,” Minister Gago said.
Adelaide City Council Lord Mayor Stephen Yarwood said the project is the first of its kind for any capital city in Australia.
“People can now access free WiFi in laneways, Park Lands and squares, building on the more than 100 cafes and hot spots in the city and North Adelaide where Internode WiFi was already available. It really does build out reputation as a smart city and a city where creativity and innovation thrive,” Yarwood said.