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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 10 Hansard (Thursday, 20 September 2018) . . Page.. 4023 ..

Mr Barr: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) How many people access the ACT Government free wi-fi each year at (a) Tuggeranong, (b) Woden, (c) Civic, (d) Belconnen, (e) Weston Creek and (f) Gungahlin.

The information provided by iiNet on CBRfree usage does not include the number of unique users per Town Centre but the number of users per month of the most popular Wireless Access Point in a Town Centre.

The table below lists the most utilised Wireless Access Point for each Town Centre referred to in the Question on Notice for the period between 29 January 2018 and 29 July 2018.

Town Centre

Wireless Access Point

Aggregate Users











BELC AP 15_1


Weston Creek






(2) How many local shops have Canberra free wi-fi access points.

No local shops have external CBRfree deployments.

(3) How is it considered where Canberra free wi-fi access points are placed.

The CBRfree Wireless Access Points are placed in accordance with the WiFi Services Agreement: provision of a free public WiFi Service, Contract Number 2013.23179.220, dated 24 May 2014.

iiNet has completed the specified deployment of Wireless Access Points around the town centres and group centres set out in the contract. The contract has provision for a ‘bank’ of Access Points (representing approximately 20 per cent of the final contract) to be reserved for deployment following final acceptance of the network. In addition to public benefit, overall network integrity as well as cost and engineering design complexity, are factors that influence Wireless Access Point placement.

(4) How are local coffee shops considered for Canberra Free wi-fi access points.

Where local coffee shops are customers of iiNet/TransACT/TPG they can approach iiNet for the installation of an indoor CBRfree Wireless Access Point in their premise. There are certain conditions, such as provision of power, which the shop owner will have to discuss with iiNet. A range of community, cultural and sporting groups such as the CBR Innovation Network, Belconnen Arts Centre and Tuggeranong Basketball Stadium have CBRfree indoor Wireless Access Points installed. To date, 98 indoor Wireless Access Points have been installed.

(5) Are there any plans to place Canberra free wi-fi access points at Erindale shopping centre.

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