Free public WiFi to continue in Melbourne’s CBD

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Free WiFi will continue to be available in the CBD for Melbournians and tourists alike with the Andrews Labor Government extending the service.

Minister for Innovation, Medical Research and the Digital Economy Jaala Pulford today announced the free public WiFi throughout Melbourne’s CBD will continue for another two years.

The VicFreeWiFi service is available outdoors at more than 400 hotspots, including at all train stations, the Bourke St Mall, Queen Victoria Market, and South Wharf Promenade at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, an official press release said.

Users can assess up to 1GB per day per device, free of advertising and without the need to log-in or submit personal details.

Free public WiFi makes it easier for those in the CBD to access public transport time tables as well as booking nearby restraunts and tickets to major events.

The VicFreeWiFi pilot in Melbourne launched in 2016 and was one of the largest free public WiFi network of its kind in Australia.

Since then, the Melbourne service has been used more than 45 million times with more than 430 terabytes of data downloaded.

Free public WiFi is also available in Ballarat, Bendigo and Shepparton, and work is underway to deliver free WiFi networks in Geelong, Latrobe Valley and Ararat.

The Government’s $550 million Connecting Victoria program is fast-tracking improvements to mobile coverage and broadband access across the state. More connectivity projects in locations across the state will be announced throughout 2022.

The service is delivered in partnership with telco TPG and to find the VicFreeWiFi hotspots in Melbourne’s CBD visit vic.gov.au/find-vicfreewifi-hotspots-victoria.


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