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Brisbane connects up as Wi-Fi New World City

06 February, 2014

Brisbane connects up as Wi-Fi New World City

Brisbane City Council today announced an integrated Wi-Fi system which will provide free internet in South Bank and the Queen Street Mall, in time for the G20.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said that as of April visitors to the Queen Street Mall, Victoria Bridge and South Bank will be able to jump online to check their emails or surf the web using Council’s Wi-Fi.

“I want free Wi-Fi in the Queen Street Mall and South Bank to be our city’s legacy of the G20,” he said.

“Last year nearly 1 million users took advantage of Council’s free Wi-Fi hotspots to stay connected on the go. Our latest project to have the Queen Street Mall and South Bank Wi-Fi connected is the next step in creating a digital Brisbane.

“This project will allow the 17,000 people a day who travel over the Victoria Bridge to get between South Bank and the Queen Street Mall, to remain connected on the go.”

Cr Quirk said that Council was putting Brisbane on the “digital map” ahead of G20 later this year to demonstrate to G20 visitors that Brisbane is indeed Australia’s New World City.

“Any one of the 4000 officials and 3000 media representatives visiting Brisbane for the G20 will be able to access our state-of-the-art public Wi-Fi internet,” said Cr Quirk.

“The Queen Street Mall and South Bank will be popular locations for Brisbane’s G20 guests and represent important aspects of Brisbane’s digital connectivity for our visitors.

“Wi-Fi access is already available in 22 outdoor locations across the city including Brisbane Botanic Gardens, King George Square and New Farm Park. Additionally, each of Council’s 33 libraries and the entire CityCat Fleet also offer free Wi-Fi.

“Our Wi-Fi locations encourage visitors to spend more time enjoying what our city has to offer. These hotspots are also an opportunity to show our digital credentials to some of the world’s most influential leaders.”

Cr Quirk said that Council was also encouraging local cafes, restaurants and hotels to be part of a broader “Digital Brisbane” by providing free Wi-Fi to their patrons.

“Through our Digital Brisbane strategy we are encouraging more businesses to offer free Wi-Fi to their customers and in doing so to help residents, workers and visitors stay connected while they are on the go. Nearly 250 local businesses including the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre have already put themselves on Brisbane’s digital map,” he said.

“Providing free Wi-Fi brings benefits to operators by encouraging foot traffic, enticing customers to stay longer and spend more and promoting customer loyalty.”

Businesses offering free Wi-Fi are encouraged add their business details to Digital Brisbane’s Free Wi-Fi map at www.digitalbrisbane.com.au. For more information about Council’s free Wi-Fi locations, please contact Council on (07) 3403 8888. [ENDS] 5th February, 2014

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