Telstra's Wi-Fi play demands stricter scrutiny

The telco's bold plan to build a national Wi-Fi network may seem innocent enough but it raises some vexing issues for its rivals and regulators.

Telstra’s nationwide Wi-Fi network is a bold venture at a time when Australia’s telecommunication companies are looking for every opportunity to grow their market share. For many the telco's plans to build a national Wi-Fi network utilising customer broadband connections and Wi-Fi access points located at payphones is another demonstration of its prowess.

But Telstra's ambition does raise some interesting, and perhaps vexing, issues for its rivals.

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