Telstra customers must share net to get global Wi-Fi
Usage of overseas hotspots by Telstra customers counts as part of the quota of their Telstra broadband service. In return for gaining access to FON hotspots overseas, Telstra customers must agree to allow their Telstra broadband service to be shared by others.
To participate in the service, customers require a special router/WiFi access point – supplied by Telstra in Australia – that is claimed to create a separate guest Wi-Fi network with its own SSID (service set identifier).
They will also be able to access the Wi-Fi networks of similarly equipped Telstra broadband customers in Australia who have joined the scheme. – Stuart Corner
Editor’s note: Telstra has so far not revealed how much it intends to charge users to access the Air service. It has made it plain that – unlike the LinkNYC gigabit-Wi-Fi, or 802.11ad, service planned for New York it won’t be free.
A media release said Telstra Air will be available from tomorrow, when hotspots will be switched on in more than 250 towns and cities across Australia.
And it added that Telstra had reached a number of deals with councils to bring Telstra Air to “hundreds of civic spaces” later this year.