Telcos Set To Bid For $500M Sydney Public Wi-Fi Deal
The Sydney City Council is offering Australian telcos a massive public Wi-Fi deal worth an estimated $500 million over 10 years
The proposed network would almost certainly be be the largest such contiguous coverage zone in Australia, according to newsletter Communications Day.
The deal would embrace 200,000 residents, 20,000 businesses and possibly up to one million day visitors.
As well as the public Wi-Fi network, the city council has issued a new “expression-of-interest” call for a service provider that is able to provide up to 2500 installations, including in bus shelters, kiosks, toilets and communications panels.
However some major city landmarks, including Darling Harbour, Barangaroo, Centennial Park and the Royal Botanic Gardens are excluded from the tender since they do not fall under Council control.
Already, major outdoor advertising companies are looking to build alliances with telcos as they seek to grab a share of the future action. APN Outdoor Media is reportedly in discussions with TPG while Vodafone is said to have been approached by a so-far unnamed bidder.