Tender Issued to Build a Public Wi-Fi Network in Melbourne

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Australia's Victoria State government is calling for bidders to deploy a municipal Wi Fi network in central Melbourne.

Victoria State Premier Dr Napthine said the Public Wi-Fi initiative aimed to create a consistent Wi-Fi experience, expanding broadband connectivity to boost productivity, service delivery and quality of life for residents and visitors.

He also predicted that it would also help draw more businesses and entrepreneurs to Victoria.

"As the first step, the initiative aims to pilot fast, reliable and free Wi-Fi services in central Melbourne, in and around publicly owned infrastructure, including public transport hubs and tourist attractions for the next three to five years," Dr Napthine said.

"These networks will be delivered in partnership between the Government, the City of Melbourne and the private sector.

"We are encouraging innovative expressions of interest that will ensure a reliable, sustainable free service that is also filtered for prohibited and undesirable content.

"All responses will be assessed on their commercial viability with strong preference given to proposals where there is no ongoing cost to government, beyond any potential initial investment to establish the infrastructure.

Expressions of Interest are open until Thursday 17 April 2014.

The Government expects to award contracts in mid-2014. This process is the first stage in a larger roll-out of public Wi-Fi.

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