Missing the Australian Wi-Fi boat by Mark Gregory

The spectre of a national Wi-Fi infrastructure rollout has been on the cards for many years and Telstra’s national Wi-Fi network will provide Australians with consistent reliable nationwide access to Wi-Fi, something that many other countries already take for granted.An investigation into Telstra’s Wi-Fi network has highlighted the chaotic nature of the telecommunications industry, the lack of a government plan for the inevitable national and community public Wi-Fi rollouts and dithering by NBN Co, that has led to a missed opportunity to utilise the National Broadband Network (NBN) as infrastructure of choice for special services like Universal Service Obligation (USO) funded payphones and Wi-Fi rollouts.

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