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March 2018

Locals, visitors and businesses will reap the benefits of free Wi-Fi on the Gold Coast from today, 20 March 2018.

Mayor Tom Tate has launched the City’s first free high speed Wi-Fi at Broadbeach Mall. The precinct will house around 3000 accredited and non-accredited media during the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

The first release of free Wi-Fi is available to everyone within Broadbeach, Surfers Paradise and Broadwater Parklands – simply turn on your Wi-Fi and connect.

The network has been made possible with 45 kilometres of 864-core fibre installed along the light rail route. The fibre follows the route from Helensvale to Broadbeach.

Mayor Tate says free Wi-Fi would deliver millions in free publicity for the city.

“Visitors will get to enjoy all the Gold Coast has to offer and stay connected to their hometown and families with free Wi-Fi that has the capacity for Skype calls and FaceTime,” Mayor Tate says.

“Not only is the Wi-Fi service free but it’s also fast – really fast. The Wi-Fi will allow users to download and upload photos and movies faster than the average Gold Coast home internet connection.”

Mayor Tom Tate

Business owner Marlon Pirie says free Wi-Fi would enhance his restaurant’s customer experience.

“It’s a really exciting time to be running a business on the Gold Coast. It is fantastic that customers can connect from the restaurant and I can operate at no extra cost,” Mr Pirie says.

To maximise investment and deliver free W-Fi at no cost to ratepayers, the City has obtained a carrier licence under the Telecommunications Act 1997 to sell capacity to other carriers.

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