Free Wi-Fi a hit with tourists and locals

Michael Ferguson, Minister for Information Technology and Innovation

5 July 2017

The Hodgman Liberal Government's free Wi-Fi network TasGov_Free has proven a massive hit with tourists - with almost 150,000 users logging on for more than 300,000 sessions in the first year of operation.

This service supports our T21 visitor target of 1.5 million tourists by 2020 by providing access to reliable internet connectivity for our guests to make the most of their local experience.

Vitally, our guests can then share what Tasmania has to offer with friends and family abroad so they too fall in love with our beautiful state.

By the end of 2016 the network had grown from one site to 56 - with 141 access points at key tourism locations around the state.

This first year saw more than 115,000 one-off users, as well as 31,358 repeat users access the service.

They downloaded almost 20,000 gigabytes (20 terabytes) of data and uploaded more than 6600 gigabytes.

This is a great start to the service and the work has continued with 153 access points now live at 60 locations, with four more set to proceed and eight shortly to be allocated at key usage and tourist points.

The 30 minutes free Wi-Fi per user, per device, per day is available at the identified tourism hotspots 24-7.

The first year of the TasGov_Free Wi-Fi service proves we are on the right track in delivering the experiences our visitors want and connecting what our state has to offer with the rest of the world.

The Wi-Fi service is part of the Hodgman Government's 'Growing our Information and Communication Technology Industry' policy and is delivered in partnership with Telstra for an initial period of four years.

The TasGov_Free Wi-Fi Network Year One Overview Report: Jan 2016- Dec 2016 is available at www.stategrowth.tas.gov.au

For more information on the TasGov_Free Wi-Fi service go to https://freewifi.tas.gov.au/ or download the app from iTunes or the Google Play.