CBRfree provides users with access up to 250 megabytes per day over a fast broadband connection. This equates to around an hour of video content, or 50 photographs at 5 megabytes each, or 50 songs at 5 megabytes each.
CBRfree public WiFi is now live around the town centres in Belconnen, Dickson, Kingston, Manuka, Weston Creek, Woden and Tuggeranong, as well as Civic East – from Garema Place to the Convention Centre, round to Gorman House and up to Girrahween Street in Braddon, and Civic West – Northbourne Avenue to Barry Drive across to the ANU and around to New Acton. It is also available at the Australian Botanic Gardens. To see where CBRfree is currently available please see our map of live CBRfree access points.
The installation of CBRfree in Gungahlin has been delayed by construction work for the light rail project. We expect that CBRfree will be available in some areas around the Gungahlin town centre by the end of March 2017, with the full installation completed by end of June 2017 if the Capital Metro work in Gungahlin permits.
CBRfree has also available via 64 WiFi hotspots installed indoors at many business and community locations, including at EPIC, Tuggeranong Basketball Stadium and the Crit erium Cycling Stadium at Stromlo Forest Park. CBRfree is popular with Canberrans and visitors, with over 45,000 people using CBRfree in August 2016.
The CBRfree WiFi network, being built in partnership with iiNet, is one of Australia's largest free outdoor public WiFi networks. With 250 installed outdoor Access Points it is similar in size to the AdelaideFree WiFi network that Internode/iiNet has built in Adelaide CBD and North Adelaide, and VicFreeWiF built by TPG in the Melbourne CBD.
CBRfree forms part of the ACT Government's commitment to Canberra's future as a smart and connected digital city. It is important source of broadband services for many Canberrans who don't have reliable fast broadband at home or on their mobile phones. It provides a wide range of locations for students to access broadband services needed for their studies. CBRfree's high speed broadband helps visitors explore and enjoy our city. The CBRfree WiFi network is also capable of supporting a range of smart city initiatives which will benefit the ACT community. For instance, the CBRfree's WiFi network is also providing a communications network for the ACT Government's Smart Parking trial which is underway in Manuka. Canberrans can use a smart phone app, as well as intelligent, real-time traffic signs, to be guided to an available parking space identified through in-ground sensors. Smart Parking is not only benefiting drivers but also benefits Manuka's retailers as improve d use of available parking spaces encourages more shoppers. Additionally, five ACTION buses have been fitted with WiFi equipment, and a trial of the service is being conducted to generate performance, usage and cost data. This data will be used to assess the business case for further investment.
CBRfree has also been made operational at major events through a mobile platform that can be set in any area where iiNet has access to fibre connectivity. CBRfree operated again at Floriade using ten mobile WiFi base stations, where over 5,000 visitors undertook 27,000 sessions. It was also available at the 2016 Summernats car festival, the 2016 Kanga Cup at Southwell Park and TedX Canberra 2016 at the Canberra Theatre. CBRfree increases the social media coverage of events by encouraging people to share their experience with family and friends online. Access to CBRfree at events also heightens event goers' experiences by enabling access to event apps, such as the Floriade 2016 app.
Do you know how easy it is to connect to CBRfree? When you are in range, CBRfree WiFi will appear on the list of WiFi Networks under settings on your device. Simply accept the terms and conditions to connect to the network. Businesses and community centres interested in having CBRfree installed should contact iiNet. Installation is dependent on suitable, powered locations to mount the WiFi antennas and proximity to iiNet broadband infrastructure.
In response to users' requests, from July 2016 the login process for CBRfree has enabled users to login once a week. This improvement to the system caused a discontinuity between data collected before and after the new login process was implemented. As part of the improved login process, having accepted the relevant terms and conditions, devices now connect automatically to CBRfree when in range and are timed out after half an hour. This change is represented in the graphs on this page, with a significant increase in the number of sessions and a decrease in the amount of time spent connected. Consideration of data from July 2016 onwards needs to take into account chan ges to the login system.
CBRfree roll-out as at July 2016
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Circle -outdoor Wireless Access Point
Diamond -indoor Wireless Access Point
Blue - fibered WAP
Green - meshed WAP