Optus has today revealed it’ll be providing free wireless internet for those attending the Australian Open in Melbourne next week, a first for both the company and the sporting event.
The free Wi-Fi at the event will be available alongside revamped mobile applications and a boost to the mobile infrastructure within the Melbourne Park locality over the past 12-18 months ahead of this year’s event.
“As the exclusive telecommunications partner for the eighth year running, free Wi-Fi on the ground, dedicated digital applications and live streaming will allow people around Australia to embrace all that Australia’s most high profile sporting event has to offer,” Jann Kohlman, Group Manager of Optus Sponsorship and Community Programs said in a statement today.
“We are dedicated to delivering seamless connectivity and innovation to tennis fans for the duration of the tournament.”
Alongside the network investment, Optus will also be live streaming the Open to its mobile customers thanks to a deal with Channel Seven. Optus’ Go Places app will also be updated to “deliver a dedicated Melbourne restaurant guide with specific deals, available to purchase for the duration of the tournament.”
The Australian Open starts in Melbourne on January 16.