WiFi rollout hits the docks

A rollout of WiFi hotspots covering 25 per cent of Australia's marinas is expected to be completed within six months.

Newly appointed Hotspot Global member Anyport.com.au is delivering various permanent and roaming WiFi services over wireless infrastructure covering entire marinas and the surrounding precincts including public access areas.

The initiative represents a significant improvement in the services available at marinas as well as providing 50 additional city and regional hotspot locations on Hotspot Global's worldwide network.

Anyport's first site was deployed at Queensland Cruising Yacht Club in Brisbane's northern coastal suburbs and future sites include location in North Queensland, Gold Coast and Sydney.

As well as "Broadband for Boats", Anyport will deliver location-specific content including event and weather information.

Anyport.com.au managing director, Michael Fairweather, said hotspots are "a much needed alternative to slow and expensive data services via mobile phones".

He said hotspots are much more cost-effective and relatively inexpensive to deploy.

Anyport's membership of Hotspot Global means customers can roam between connected marinas as well as other public and private hotspots.

Hotspot Global CEO, Mike Whitehouse, said Anyport's entry into the WiFi market is indicative of the rapid deployment of WiFi niche markets.

"When Anyport approached us we were immediately excited about its business plans because it had identified the way in which WiFi could resolve an existing market need. We're supportive of anyone with a sound business case for deploying hotspots," Whitehouse said.

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