Telstra announces world’s largest Wi-Fi rollout

Posted on May 19, 2014 03:37 pm

Australia’s telecom giant Telstra has unveiled a $100 million national public Wi-Fi network rollout, which the carrier claims is the global’s largest. In the press statement released this evening (Tuesday morning Australian Time), Telstra says the rollout will see 8000 Wi-Fi hotspots in shopping centres, business centres and transport hubs, with businesses invited to add hotspots in their cafes, shops and waiting rooms. Telstra international network of wi-fi hot spots will involve 12 million hot spots outside of Australia thanks to a partnership with wi-fi provider Fon which will offer Telstra and non Telstra customers broadband access to two million wi-fi hot spots in Australia by 2019. Telstra home broadband customers will be able to install new gateways allowing them to share a portion of their usage quota each month in exchange for free access to the network. Customers not participating in the program and non-Telstra customers will access the network by paying a daily fee. Public Wi-Fi networks offer consumers higher speeds that current generation 4G services. It will also work with councils, governments and small businesses to bring Telstra wi-fi to cafes, shops, parks, stadiums and public buildings across the country. To make up the remaining 1.9 million hot spots expected throughout Australia.

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Telstra will attempt to convince its home broadband customers to share a “portion” of their bandwidth with other Telstra wi-fi customers, via a new “secure” gateway, in exchange for similar access to the bandwidth of other wi-fi sharers across the country. Those who join the “wi-fi community” will be able to use their broadband allowance at no extra charge across the network of international and domestic hot spots. Non-Telstra customers will be charged a small daily fee to access the network. Telstra’s mobile-only customers will eventually gain access to the network, along with its home broadband customers. Last week, Telstra announced it had managed to achieve a live network speed of 450 megabits per second using LTE Advanced Carrier Aggregation in a trial. The speeds were achieved through 4G Frequency Division Duplexing across a combination of the combination of 1800MHz and 2600MHz bands. The network will be built by Telstra, but brought to life, in part, by our customers and we’re really looking forward to watching it grow. The company says it will be a living community, steadily growing; house by house, street by street, business by business leveraging the capacity we continue to add to Telestra’s core fibre network customers.

Contador Harrison