Success of free Wi-Fi trial sparks expansion plans

October 17, 2016 by  

Waverley Council expects to have free Wi-Fi services available in Bronte Beach and Bondi Junction, New South Wales by the end of 2016.

The services will be introduced in Bondi Junction’s Oxford and Spring Streets following the success of a trial at Bondi Beach.

A council spokesman said results have shown enthusiastic use of the free service by locals and visitors, with the premium usage time being from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm on Sundays.

He said the Bondi Beach service has been used by 85,799 people since the trial began eight months ago. More than 50%, he added, had returned a number of times, pushing the total of individual sessions to in excess of 205,000.

The rollout of the free Wi-Fi service to other areas within the Council area has been awarded to Ruckus and Ski-fii, according to the spokesman.

Mayor Sally Betts said the public were the real winners, with signs advertising the free service at popular locations including barbecue area, café and grandstand at the Margaret Whitlam Centre, and also at the library.

She said Waverley has recognised the dominant use of smartphones and is keen to lead the way with innovations such as the free Wi-Fi.

Mayor Betts said business and tourism in the district could also benefit greatly from the latest initiative. She added that users have in the main been extremely satisfied with the free Wi-Fi, which has achieved 85% or higher approval for quality and connectivity.