CBD first to access free Wi-Fi

The nation’s fastest and largest free public Wi-Fi network was launched in the CBD on September 29.

The Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade, Phillip Dalidakis, the City of Melbourne’s chief digital officer Michelle Fitzgerald and TPG fibre operations group general manager Reggie Naik came together at Southern Cross Station to announce the roll out of the new network.

The network, known as VicFreeWiFi, comes as part of the State Government’s $11 million Victorian Free WiFi Pilot.

Activated hot spots include all Melbourne CBD train stations, the Bourke St Mall, the Queen Victoria Market, and South Wharf Promenade at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

The project is being managed by TPG and will run for five years. It allows for up to 250MB worth of data per device, per day.

Another attractive feature is that it doesn’t require any personal information to log in, nor does it allow pop-up advertising, ensuring an easy, relaxed experience for users.

Ms Fitzgerald is confident the Wi-Fi network will only add to the city’s already established reputation.

“Free Wi-Fi will further strengthen Melbourne’s reputation as a leading city and allow more residents and visitors to access information, share their experiences and promote our city as a global tourist destination,” she said.

More access points in areas such as Docklands will be set up over the coming months. The full network is estimated to be operational by the end of the year.

Once the full network is complete it will be the largest of its kind in Australia, covering an area of 600,000 sqm across Melbourne, Bendigo and Ballarat.

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