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Adelaide to Offer Free Municipal Wi-Fi Network

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The South Australian Government and Adelaide City Council have launched a plan to make Adelaide the first capital city in Australia to offer free Wi Fi outdoors in the city centre.

Under the plan, aimed to be rolled out by the end of next year, there will be free Wi-Fi coverage across the city in public areas including Victoria Square, Rundle Mall and the Riverbank precinct.

A feasibility study has already been undertaken and from today, proposals are being sought from IT businesses to develop and operate the Adelaide City Wireless Broadband project.

The city council noted that similar public Wi-Fi initiatives have been successfully introduced in Prague, Singapore, Chattanooga, Wellington, Auckland and Luxembourg.

"We are already running a 12-month trial of free Wi-Fi on all Adelaide Metro trams and 20 buses." said Premier Jay Weatherill.

The State Government will contribute $1 million and the Adelaide City Council $500,000 to the initiative.

Lord Mayor Stephen Yarwood said the project, which is part of Council's Digital Strategy, would complement the current CityLan network which already offered free Wi-Fi at more than 100 businesses in the city's café precincts.

"This is a great opportunity that will benefit city residents, students, businesses, workers, tourists and visitors by allowing people to connect anywhere, anytime," Mr Yarwood said. "As the first capital city in Australia to roll-out such an extensive Wi-Fi network, it will build our reputation as a smart city and help drive creative industry.

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