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Optus brings free Wi-Fi to 21 Westfield shopping centres

In what the telco says will be the largest shopping centre Wi-Fi network in Australia, Optus is bringing free public Wi-Fi to selected Westfield shopping centres across the country.

Shoppers can take advantage of free Wi-Fi at Westfield Sydney. Scentre Group

After trialling a public Wi-Fi program in two shopping centres last year, Optus has announced it will be rolling out free public Wi-Fi to 21 Westfield shopping centres across the country from this month.

The service will be available to all shoppers and will allow visitors to use up to 1GB of data within a 3-hour period each day. Access will be available in all common mall areas and will be free to use.

According to Optus, the previous trials of the technology in Miranda, NSW and Garden City, QLD attracted an average of 3,000 users each day, and the technology will pave the way for the rollout of targeted and personalised advertising as well as "location analytics" in Westfield shopping centres.

The move is a joint initiative between Westfield's parent company, Scentre Group, and Optus Business, which will provide the Wi-Fi connectivity in conjunction with Aruba and SkyFii.

Westfield shopping centres in Carindale, Fountain Gate and the Sydney CBD will all receive upgrades to their current Wi-Fi services, while 19 new shopping centres will join the two completed trial sites in getting Wi-Fi this year.

Wi-Fi rollout locations:

  • Belconnen, ACT
  • Bondi Junction, NSW
  • Burwood, NSW
  • Chatswood, NSW
  • Hornsby, NSW
  • Kotara, NSW
  • Liverpool, NSW
  • Miranda, NSW (completed)
  • Parramatta, NSW
  • Sydney - Myer side, NSW
  • Tuggerah, NSW
  • Warringah, NSW
  • Chermside, QLD
  • Garden City, QLD (completed)
  • Helensvale, QLD
  • Geelong, VIC
  • Southland, VIC
  • Tea Tree Plaza, SA
  • Carousel, WA
  • Innaloo, WA
  • Whitford City, WA