Faster free Wi-Fi for Adelaide
Adelaide’s upgraded free Wi-Fi network is now available to the public, following a $4.8 million overhaul to improve the speed, coverage and reliability of the network.
The community will now be able to access “ADL Free powered by TPG Telecom”, which is a partnership between the Australian Government, the City of Adelaide and TPG Telecom to deliver the largest, free city-wide Wi-Fi network in Australia.
The updated system uses state-of-the-art technology, with the existing infrastructure replaced with new high-speed fibre optics and 25 per cent more access points added across the city, North Adelaide and Park Lands to improve the connectivity and dependability of the free network.
The new system will be owned and operated by TPG Telecom for the next five years, with the telecommunications company responsible for its maintenance and upkeep.
“ADL Free powered by TPG Telecom” is a $4.8 million project jointly funded by the Australian Government and City of Adelaide as part of the $699 million Adelaide City Deal.
The Adelaide City Deal is a 10-year partnership between the Australian and South Australian governments and the City of Adelaide to grow Adelaide as an innovative and vibrant city.
Quotes attributable to Federal Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Catherine King:
“The Australian Government is committed to supporting households and businesses across the country to access new and improved, free WI-FI services, which is why we continue to invest in state-of-the-art technology to improve user experience.”
Quotes attributable to the Federal Minister for Communications Michelle Rowland:
“Access to quality communications services is absolutely essential in 2023. It’s fantastic to see funding from this joint partnership flow to upgrade existing infrastructure with new technology so that locals can access free Wi-Fi across the city of Adelaide.”
Quotes attributable to Federal Member for Adelaide Steve Georganas:
“It is vital Adelaide residents and visitors to the region have access to a reliable and user-friendly WI-FI network service. I’m very pleased to see this partnership between the Australian Government, the City of Adelaide and TPG Telecom deliver this service.”
Quotes attributable to Lord Mayor of Adelaide Jane Lomax-Smith:
“The new free Wi-Fi is utilising the best technology in the country to create a network which is far superior to the old system, that could at times be slow and unreliable.
“A free Wi-Fi service will support tourists and international students, who are returning in increasing numbers following the pandemic but in addition will help those struggling with the cost of living or the homeless.
“This urban infrastructure project will position Adelaide as a centre for investment and be available to businesses to leverage the improved download speeds for reliable payment and electronic banking purposes.”
Quotes attributable to TPG Telecom Group Executive Jonathan Rutherford:
“We are thrilled to be involved in a community project of this size.
“We are delighted to have completed this essential piece of urban infrastructure with the City of Adelaide, allowing its people and visitors to enjoy free, reliable connectivity from every corner of the city.
“The ADL Free powered by TPG Telecom Wi-Fi network is the largest of its kind in Australia and underlines the vital role connectivity plays in bringing people, businesses and entertainment precincts together.”