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Telstra's $100 million Wi-Fi network: Everything you need to know

Tony Ibrahim | May 22, 2014
Telstra has announced a $100 million plan to create a public wireless network. The investment will go towards the development of 2 million hotspots nationwide in an effort to hedge mobile internet usage and, indirectly, lower the cost of data when roaming internationally.

Existing Telstra customers will be able to circumvent nasty data charges when in select overseas countries.

Telstra is working with global Wi-Fi provider Fon on its national Wi-Fi network. Fon claims that it has the world's largest wireless network with 12 million wireless hot-spots in several countries around the globe. This exclusive partnership will allow existing Telstra customers to use data from their Telstra quota when travelling in one of these countries, ultimately avoiding the horrendous $3 per megabyte charge Telstra mobile customers incur when roaming internationally.

Supported countries include include the UK, France, Germany, Poland, The Netherlands, Portugal, Greece, Russia, Brazil and Japan.

When can I get started?

The new gateways and Wi-Fi range extenders launched on May 20, while the Wi-Fi network s scheduled to launch "early 2015".

 

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