Adelaide expected to switch on free outdoor wi-fi today
The City of Adelaide’s free public Wi-Fi service, AdelaideFree, will be officially launched this evening (Wednesday morning Australian time) with more than 30,000 people logged onto the network every day in the South Australian capital. According to a friend close to the project, the $1.5 million state government and local council funded network comprises nearly 200 Cisco Wireless N outdoor wireless access points servicing most of the city’s Central Business District, plus 10 mobile access points that can be deployed during public events. Interestingly, the city’s previous free Wi-Fi network, the 10-year-old ‘Citylan’, will be integrated into the AdelaideFree network, adding close to 100 further access points, mostly within cafes and businesses.
The company executives have been quoted as telling those close to the project that “Already people in Adelaide are embracing this new Wi-Fi capacity. Internode has recorded about 50 per cent increase in use of the Wi-Fi network since announcing AdelaideFree’s deployment last year.”Internode began building the new AdelaideFree network late last year and the events expected in couple of hours from now will mark the effective completion of the project. Internode has plans to add an extra 11 access points – at the SA State Library and SA Museum – over the coming months.