Optus to roll out public wi-fi across Vicinity centres

Optus Business and retail property group Vicinity Centres has announced plans to roll out high speed wi-fi services for visitors across Vicinity’s national shopping centre portfolio.

Vicinity’s portfolio includes Chadstone Shopping Centre in Melbourne, Emporium Melbourne, Chatswood Chase Sydney, QueensPlaza in Brisbane and Galleria in Perth.

The $20 million connectivity project will result in what the company hopes will be fast, free and easy-to-use wi-fi services for shoppers and visitors to 81 Vicinity shopping centres across the country.

“Optus is delighted to be partnering with Vicinity to deliver one of the biggest wi-fi deployments across Australia,” Optus Business Managing Director John Paitaridis said. “With the pervasive use of mobile phones across all age groups and demographics, the mobile device has become the essential digital companion for retail shoppers.”

“We are pleased to be partnering with Optus on our connectivity project, the first step in realising Vicinity’s digital vision of creating a seamlessly integrated physical and digital retail property platform aimed at enhancing the consumer experience, through delivering a better connection with our customers and retailers, and improving operational performance,” Vicinity Centres CEO and Managing Director Angus McNaughton said.