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Australia's Telstra to Expand Wi-Fi Network in Fon Sharing Deal

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Australia's Telstra has outlines plans to invest AU$100 million on a major Wi Fi hotspot rollout across the country.

They aim to deploy 2 million hotspots within 5 years, with the first phase launching early next year.

To facilitate this, Telstra has signed a deal with Fon to secure roaming overseas, and will use its sharing scheme to create local hotspots using domestic routers.

Telstra CEO, David Thodey said the plan would usher in a new era of Wi-Fi in Australia which would help meet current data needs and deliver future capacity for the explosion of traffic expected to be delivered over Wi-Fi.

In addition to the domestic hotspots, the company will deploy at least 8,000 hotspots of its own.

"We want Australia to be a truly connected country and as part of our plan, we are keen to work in partnership with local councils and enterprises to grow our Wi-Fi network in Australia's largest cities and regional centres," Mr Thodey said.

Non-Telstra customers will also be able to access the network, for a charge.

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