Cairns is getting wired, big time.
More than 100 free Telstra Air wi-fi hot spots will be added from Gordonvale to Palm Cove in a partnership between Cairns Regional Council and Telstra.
By the end of June, free wi-fi will be available at a range of public spaces and facilities, including:
- Munro Martin Parklands
- Tobruk Pool
- Barlow Park
- Coastwatcher Park, Trinity Beach
- Norman Park, Gordonvale
- Walker Road Sporting and Recreation Precinct, Edmonton
- Goomboora Park, Brinsmead
- Sugarworld, Edmonton
- Martyn Street Netball Centre
The rollout is on top of 35 Telstra Air wi-fi points already installed at Telstra's public payphones.
Telstra Executive Director, Premier Business, Andrew Wildblood said the take-up of wi-fi at the company's hot spots in Cairns since the first hot spots were installed in May last year had been "strong".
“In just over a year, people in Cairns have downloaded more than 23 terabytes of data over the network," he said.
"That’s roughly equivalent to about 23 million hi-res images or more than 11,000 standard definition movies."
In addition to the wi-fi partnership, council and Telstra are also developing a mobile app that Mayor Bob Manning says will "better connect Council with our community and set us on the path to becoming a more efficient and connected city".
“While we can’t go into much detail just yet, we look forward to sharing more on this in the next few months,” Cr Manning said.