The City of Perth today expanded its wi-fi network with a temporary hot-spot going live in Murray Street Mall.
Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi, who identified wi-fi as a key election promise during last year’s local government elections, launched the service in the City to complement the already existing wi-fi zone in Northbridge Piazza.
A Stirling Gardens service is expected to come online in the near future.
Ms Scaffidi said the City called for expressions of interest in July to engage with the private sector and find out the best way to roll out this service.
She said the City would look to implement the service, which runs between William and Barrack streets and in Forrest Place, permanently.
“We received a good response and some interesting proposals,” she said.
“Now we are working on identifying a clever way to implement this service.
“There are many different models that have been trialled around the world … we need to tailor the infrastructure to suit our own needs as a growing capital city.”
The City is also investigating the rollout of more wi-fi zones including Hay Street Mall, a section of St Georges Terrace, Wellington, Barrack and William Streets and a portion of James and Lake Streets.
Ms Scaffidi said there is scope to expand the service in the near future to cover East Perth and West Perth’s emerging commercial centres.
Users will be able to read and send emails, update social media content, share photographs, view the latest news and events as a result of the temporary hot-spot.
The service is limited to 500 megabytes per user, per day.
“This temporary service will give the City valuable information on how to better implement and manage a larger service with the vision of partnering with the private sector and other government organisations to create content and better deliver this service in the future,” Ms Scaffidi said.“The City of Perth’s vision is to be renowned as a capital city with world class infrastructure and services that actively connects its visitors, businesses and residents by providing free public wi-fi throughout a range of strategic outdoor public locations.”
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