Free wi-fi at the pool

IPSWICH is open to offers from private internet providers to turn the city's parks and swimming pools into wi-fi friendly zones following an accidental but successful venture at Springfield's Robelle Domain Park.

A wi-fi network provided by Springfield-based Nsane Productions unintentionally extended into the council-owned park, giving patrons access to free internet.

Cr David Morrison said Nsane had notified council of the network but at present Ipswich City Council had no plans to implement wi-fi in parks.

He said the council would be happy to talk to private wi-fi providers about setting up networks.

"If there are any private providers who come forward we will bring it before the parks committee," he said.

Wi-fi providers can make money by selling ads on their network.

Brisbane City Council extended wi-fi connectivity to 20 parks until February after successful trials in the Botanical Gardens and New Farm Park.

About 5000 people have used the service in the Botanical Gardens since last November.

Ipswich mayor Paul Pisasale said wi-fi would be set up in the main Ipswich library branch and at some swimming pools from early next year.

Queensland Rail has said it is continuing to install wi-fi and expects its 64 trains to be wi-fi capable by the end of next year.

During a Queensland Rail trial, an average of 228 weekly users used the service for a total of 5000.

The newer model trains can run wi-fi on any line at any time, including the Ipswich line.

 

Wi-fi facts

  • The term wi-fi stands for Wireless Fidelity, resembling the long-established audio-equipment classification term hi-fi
  • Wi-fi also allows communications directly from one computer to another without an access point intermediary
  • The Pacific Ocean island of Niue became the first nation to be covered by a free wi-fi network in 2003.


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