Telstra has flicked the switch on its one millionth Telstra Air Hotspot in Australia in the town of Mildura just in time to celebrate World Wi-Fi Day on June 20.
Telstra is celebrating the milestone by giving free and unlimited wi-fi access to anyone with a wi-fi enabled device to more than 4,000 Telstra Air public hotspots.
Australians are seeking out wi-fi hotspots to help them conserve their mobile data.
Telstra says usage on the nationwide wi-fi network has doubled in the last 12 months.
Sharing photos and videos is one of the most popular ways customers have been using free unlimited wi-fi.
Telstra has partnered with Instagram to uncover the top locations in every state where people post their pictures and selfies on social media.
The most instagrammed locations in the 12 months to December 2016 by state are:
– Bondi Beach, New South Wales
– St Kilda Beach, Victoria
– Surfers Paradise Beach, Queensland
– Fremantle Beach, Western Australia
– Glenelg Beach, South Australia
– Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), Tasmania
“With hotspots in some of the most iconic and snap-worthy locations around Australia, Telstra Air is helping Aussies up their ‘Insta game’,” said Telstra general manager for Air, Viveca Samuelsson said.
“And with a million hotspots now live, our eligible mobile and broadband customers can tap into free and unlimited wi-fi data to stream, share and post at more of their favourite beach areas, parks, shopping precincts and holiday destinations.
“To celebrate the rapid growth of the network and to recognise the huge role wi-fi plays in our lives, we’re opening up our public hotspots for World Wi-Fi Day.”
Telstra is the Australian partner of the Wireless Broadband Alliance’s second annual World Wi-Fi Day.
Eligible Telstra home broadband and mobile customers can access the free data at Telstra Air hotspots around Australia and from millions of Fon hotspots around the globe.
How Australia’s love-affair with Wi-Fi has evolved:
– 1992: A CSIRO team created ‘multipathing’ – a system that allowed for faster and more reliable wireless internet connection, and paved the way for Wi-Fi as we know it today.
– 1996: CSIRO patents the multipathing technique in the US, then known as IEEE 802.11.
– 1999: The term ‘Wi-Fi’ entered the popular lexicon when the Wireless Ethernet Compatibility Alliance (now Wi-Fi Alliance) enlisted Interbrand to come up with a catchier name for ‘IEEE 802.11b Direct Sequence’.
– Late 2004: The Nokia 9500 became Telstra’s first Wi-Fi enabled mobile phone. It came with a 0.3MP video recorder, could send and receive faxes and sported a full QWERTY keyboard
– March 2005: Telstra became the first Australian ISP to launch Wi-Fi enabled modems for homes.
– March 2014: Telstra partners with ANZ Stadium in Sydney to bring free Wi-Fi to fans in 83,000 seats. Telstra now connects fans with free Wi-Fi at the SCG, Etihad Stadium, Allianz Stadium and Perth Stadium.
– April 2014: Telstra announces it will build one of the world’s largest Wi-Fi networks increasing connectivity in the places Australians live, work and visit.
– June 2015: Australia’s largest Wi-Fi network, Telstra Air, launches allowing customers to access their home broadband allowance when they’re out and about at more than 250 towns and cities across Australia and 15 countries around the world.
-= December 2015: Telstra opens its Telstra Air Network® to personal mobile customers giving them, and Telstra Air home broadband members, free and unlimited Wi-Fi data.
– June 2017: After just two years since its launch, Telstra Air grows to 1 million hotspots across Australia.
How to get online for free on Tuesday 20 June
– If you’re already a Telstra Air customer – continue to use the Telstra Air app and access Wi-Fi for free.
– If you’re at a Telstra Air public hotspot (pink payphone and some Telstra stores)
– Step 1: Open the list of available networks on your mobile device and connect to: Telstra Free Wi-Fi
– Step 2: A pop up browser should automatically open; if it doesn’t open an internet browser on your device (Safari, Google Chrome, IE etc) o Try to access any website (Facebook, YouTube). This will trigger the portal to open.
– Step 3: Click Connect to accept the Terms and conditions
– Step 4: You will see a success screen and can now access free wi-fi.