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Tel­stra has an­nounced plans for Aus­tralia to host one of the world’s largest Wi-Fi net­works, which will al­low you to use your home data plans while out and about and over­seas, too.

The net­work is sched­uled to launch early next year, with Tel­stra spend­ing up­wards of $100 mil­lion on in­fra­struc­ture. This in­cludes at least 8,000 Wi-Fi hotspots around the coun­try, bring­ing con­nec­tiv­ity to com­mu­nity ar­eas like shop­ping strips and train sta­tions. Tel­stra also plans to bring hotspots to ne­glected ru­ral ar­eas.

The pro­gram also re­lies on the new Tel­stra Gate­way Max mo­dem ($210), which cre­ates a hotspot around your home al­low­ing mem­bers of the pub­lic to ac­cess the in­ter­net with­out slow­ing your home broad­band.

The pro­gram will also help to keep roam­ing charges un­der con­trol, with cus­tomers re­ceiv­ing ac­cess to 12 mil­lion in­ter­na­tional hotspots via a deal Tel­stra has struck with global Wi-Fi provider Fon (the com­pany be­hind the Gra­ma­fon on p13). tel­stra.com.au, out 2015

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