With the ACT Government today announcing the expansion of the CBRfree public wifi network into Tuggeranong, we’re wondering how many of you are actually using the service around Canberra, and how successfully. Is the free public wifi network a match for your home/office broadband in terms of upload and download speed? Is it better? Can you work in a cafe in Civic as easily as from home using CBR free? If you don’t have home/office broadband, is it your only avenue for accessing the internet?
Let us know in the comments and have your say in our poll.
The Government announced this morning that 12 wireless access points are now live in Tuggeranong, servicing the area east of the Hyperdome up to the outside of the Tuggeranong Library and Community Centre plus parkland bounded by Cynthia Teague Crescent.
The rollout continues with further access points to be added over the next two weeks.
According to the CBRfree website, the service provides users with access to 250 megabytes per day over a fast broadband connection. This equates to around an hour of video content, or 50 photographs at 5 megabytes each, or 50 songs at 5 megabytes each.
CBRfree public WiFi is also live in Belconnen, Dickson, Kingston, Manuka, Australian Botanic Gardens and Civic East – from Garema Place to the Convention Centre, round to Gorman House and up to Girrahween Street in Braddon, and Civic West – Northbourne Avenue to Barry Drive across to the ANU and around to New Acton.
Woden and Weston Creek are scheduled to receive the service in September and Gungahlin in October, later than originally planned due to difficulties associated with the supply of power to the WiFi Access points.
CBRfree is also available at around 55 business and community locations, including EPIC, Tuggeranong Basketball Stadium and the Criterium Cycling Stadium at Stromlo Forest Park. Businesses and community centres interested in having CBRfree installed should contact iiNet. Installation is dependent on suitable, powered locations to mount the WiFi antennas and proximity to iiNet broadband infrastructure.
More than 44,900 Canberrans and visitors used CBRfree in July 2016. The graphs below show that usage in 2016 has been approximately double that of 2015. The network is built in partnership with iiNet.
Five ACTION buses have been fitted with WiFi equipment, and a trial of the service is being conducted to generate performance, usage and cost data. This data will be used to assess the business case for further investment.
CBRfree has also been made operational at major events through a mobile platform that can be set in any area where iiNet has access to fibre connectivity. For example, the service will be available at Floriade this year via ten mobile WiFi base stations. It was also available at Summernats and the 2016 Kanga Cup at Southwell Park.
To access CBRfree WiFi, select it from the list of wifi networks under settings on your device then accept the terms and conditions.
In response to users’ requests, an improvement to the login process for CBRfree was recently made so that users would only need to login once a week.
Pictured above are graphs from digitalcanberra.com.au; at top, file image from iStock