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Strong signals: growing use of public Wi-Fi hotspots

26 Nov 2014
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This snapshot presents the latest data on use of public Wi-Fi hotspots — publicly accessible wireless internet connections, offered free of charge or on a fee-for-service basis, to users with an internet-enabled Wi-Fi device.

Introduction

Wi-Fi hotspots in Australia have become easier to access and more popular since Telstra and Optus launched their respective Wi-Fi hotspot services in Australia during 2003, a time when the availability of, and access to, Wi-Fi hotspots was limited. Technology and media observers lamented the lack of hotspots available throughout Australia—with only ‘spotty’ options available in capital cities in 2012, and a ‘barren’ Australian public Wi-Fi landscape in 2013 compared to overseas.

But there’s some good news—ACMA research suggests this picture has changed a lot. Since 2009, Australians’ use of Wi-Fi hotspots has increased six-fold. Recent announcements by a number of local or state governments, as well as some carriers, to build large-scale public Wi-Fi networks in various cities suggest even greater availability is around the corner.

This researchacma snapshot presents the latest data on use of public Wi-Fi hotspots—publicly accessible wireless internet connections, offered free of charge or on a fee-for-service basis, to users with an internet-enabled Wi-Fi device. This snapshot is not about the use of Wi-Fi in the home.

The emergence and use of Wi-Fi hotspots is growing hand-in-hand with the ubiquity of portable and connected devices, and Australia’s increasing capacity and consumption of data.

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