In May last year, Telstra’s Wifi Nation initiative was announced, before the hotspots began going live in November last year, when Telstra switched on their first 250 locations. Today, Telstra has announced that their Wi-Fi Nation trial has ended and it’s time to prepare for the next step.
Neil Louise, Telstra’s Head of Wi-Fi, who has been responsible for the build and rollout of Telstra’s national Wi-Fi network has announced the update on the Telstra Exchange blog. The 1500 active hotspots rolled out over the last 7 months since the trial began will be switched off progressively beginning on the 15th of June, ending the temporary free Wi-Fi which was available to everyone in range of the Pink cubes mounted on top of Telstra pay phones across Australia.
But it’s not the end, just the next step. The Pink cubes will once again become active, once the hotspots are upgraded for the next phase, though the free internet trial has ended. Instead, Telstra customers will be able to use their Telstra home broadband allowances at the hotspots rather than relying on their mobile data quotas.
We’ll be waiting on more updates, but anyone interested in more information can check the Telstra Wi-Fi Nation website