"The city-wide availability of Wi-Fi coupled with the growth in the internet of things can help us improve the way we live in cities.
"Town planning, sustainability, traffic management, maintenance, public safety and the provision of government services are just some of the challenges that can be tackled by connecting sensors and objects with networks.
"This is an incredible opportunity and we are already in discussions with a number of councils to make smart cities a reality." Thodey said all Australians would stand to benefit from the network. "Today more than 20 million devices are connected to the mobile internet in Australia," he said.
"This investment helps us connect the next 20 million and create an environment where our customers can read the news over breakfast at home, upload photos to Facebook while waiting for a train, check email between meetings at a local cafe and load match scores at the big game at night -- all over Telstra Wi-Fi." "The network will be built by Telstra, but brought to life, in part, by our customers and we're really looking forward to watching it grow.
"It will be a living community, steadily growing; house by house, street by street, business by business leveraging the capacity we continue to add to our core fibre network, as well as the NBN as it is rolled out to customers."
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