Hotspot Global announces marina Wi-Fi partnership

Monday, 17 November, 2003

Wi-Fi clearinghouse, Hotspot Global has announced a key partnership to deliver 'Broadband for Boats' around Australia.

Newly appointed Hotspot Global member has commenced the rollout of Wi-Fi Hotspots covering 25% of Australia's marinas. The initial rollout is expected to be completed within six months. 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.

Hotspot Global CEO Mike Whitehouse said, "Anyport's entry into the Wi-Fi market is indicative of the rapid deployment of Wi-Fi niche markets. We're seeing real world uses for Hotspots that make the locations profitable more quickly by solving actual users' needs."

Anyport is delivering a number of permanent and roaming Wi-Fi services over wireless infrastructure covering entire marinas and the surrounding precincts, including public access areas. As well as Broadband for Boats, Anyport will deliver location specific content including event and weather information.

Anyport's first site was successfully deployed at Queensland Cruising Yacht Club on Brisbane's northern coastal suburbs and future sites include locations in North Queensland, Gold Coast and Sydney. Managing Director Michael Fairweather said, "We see Hotspots as a much needed alternative to slow and expensive data services via mobile phones. Hotspots are much more cost effective for users and relatively inexpensive to deploy."

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