Alternative Australian broadband provider iiNet has announced plans to construct what it has said will be ‘Australia’s largest free Wi-Fi network’, having been selected by the nation’s capital to roll out infrastructure covering twelve business districts across Canberra during the next year. In partnership with the ACT Government, iiNet has said it will deploy more than 700 Cisco wireless access points across Canberra to create the free-to-use public wireless network. As part of the partnership, iiNet will deploy more than 300 Cisco outdoor access points in high traffic areas, with these access points to be connected to iiNet’s fibre and VDSL2 broadband network. iiNet plans to complete the first stage of Canberra’s free public Wi-Fi rollout, centred on Civic, by October 2014, while remaining areas covering the commercial centres of Belconnen, Dickson, Woden, Tuggeranong, Bruce, Manuka-Kingston, Gungahlin, Weston Creek, along with the tourist precincts of Parkes, the foreshore and Commonwealth Park areas, will be finished by June 2015. Meanwhile, iiNet will further extend the public network by installing an additional 400 Cisco access points within businesses across the city, allowing seamless connection inside and out.
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