The city’s free public wi-fi service is now officially complete, with the Coolangatta precinct connected on Monday.
The first of the city’s first ever free Wi-Fi was switched on in Southport, Broadbeach and Surfers Paradise in March, just before the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
The fibre optic cable runs from Helensvale to Coolangatta, following the light rail route and then underneath the Gold Coast Highway to Coolangatta.
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Various precincts along the route now offer the free wi-fi service in public spaces, all you have to do is turn on your Wi-Fi and connect!
Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said Council had invested in installing one of the world’s fastest fibre optic systems, with plans to broaden the city economy.
“Tourists will get to enjoy all the Gold Coast has to offer and stay connected to their hometown and families with free Wi-Fi that has the capacity for Skype calls and FaceTime,” Mayor Tate said.
“Not only is the Wi-Fi service free but it’s also fast – really fast. The Wi-Fi will allow users to download and upload photos and movies faster than the average Gold Coast home internet connection.”
Mayor Tate says Council plans on leasing out the remaining data capacity on the network to bring in revenue for the city.