As part of a deal with Internode, the South Australian government is investing $1.5 million in a new wireless network that will boost free Internet access in Adelaide’s central business district .
AdelaideFree, the new 802.11n network that was launched today, is expected cover as much as 97 per cent of the city’s CBD. This is more than double the coverage that residents and visitors can currently access.
Internode will deploy more than 200 Cisco outdoor wireless access points across the CBD, with majority of the network to be rolled out by early next year in time for Adelaide’s March festivals such as WOMADelaide.
The new network will expand on the existing Citylan network that Internode launched in Adelaide 10 years ago. Internode will increase Adelaide’s Citylan capacity by installing 82 additional access points and upgrading all Citylan sites to 802.11n capability. This will provide speeds five times faster than what is it is currently.
The new network, along with Citylan, will use optical fibre provided by Internode, Adelaide City and the SA government to transmit data to the Internode core network.