Brisbane extends free Wi-Fi coverage


Brisbane City Council has started to roll out more Wi-Fi locations around the city.

Locals and visitors to the Sunshine State’s capital will be able to get their social media fix at most major tourist locations.

Shelby Waugh reports.

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Brisbane began its free Wi-Fi service in late 2011, beginning with 20 popular parks across the city.

Earlier this year, the network was extended with locations rolled out at South Bank and Queen Street Mall.

Now, in preparation for G20, free Wi-Fi is more accessible.

Three tourist hotspots, the Chinatown Mall, Brunswick St Mall and Mt Coot-tha’s Lookout have all joined the digital era.

Julian Simmonds, BCC Councillor: “This is all about the Lord Mayor Graham Quirk and this administration’s commitment to making Brisbane a digital city.”

Councillor Simmonds says the service was initially too expensive, but using innovative microwave technology, they’ve been able to offer the service at Brisbane’s favourite summit.

With the addition of these new Wi-Fi locations enabling people to access the internet anywhere from here to here, which will allow Brisbane City Council to embrace the digital era and the rise of social media.

Council wants locals and visitors to share the ‘new world city’ sights with the social media world.

Julian Simmonds, BCC Councillor: “We want them to be able to go into the internet and pass on that through the social network and promote Brisbane.”

The Wi-Fi network will continue to be expanded as part of Brisbane’s G20 legacy.

Shelby Waugh, QUT News.