Global Power | Local Knowledge | Uniquely Personal

Could providing free Wi-Fi have a big impact on Australian immigration

Many companies across the nation are not providing free Wi-Fi.
Before a person moves to a new nation to live, they will have many things to consider, such as the quality of life, the quality of property and their ability to live a lifestyle that at least mirrors that they experienced back home.

But Australian businesses have been warned they could be harming the nation's prospects of attracting new overseas immigrants, with a lack of free Wi-Fi in outlets, eateries and bars being a problem.

In other countries around the world, free Wi-Fi is a standard that customers see almost everywhere with a range of hotspots on offer. However, in Australia, while 80 per cent admit that their customers expect them to provide free Wi-Fi, only some 43 per cent actually do so, according to a Time Warner Cable-commissioned survey.

Satya Parimi, a vice president with Time Warner Cable's division that provides communications services to businesses, said: "We were surprised by the results of the survey.

"They just don't want to take on situations where things could go wrong."

Posted by Craig Francis

DISCLAIMER: All information provided is of a general nature only and does not take into account your personal financial circumstances or objectives. Before making a decision on the basis of this material, you need to consider, with or without the assistance of a financial adviser, whether the material is appropriate in light of your individual needs and circumstances. This information does not constitute a recommendation to invest in or take out any of the products or services provided by SMATS Services (Australia) Pty Ltd or Australasian Taxation Services Pty Ltd.

COPYRIGHT: All information provided is protected by international copyright laws. You may not copy, reproduce, distribute, publish, display, perform, modify, create derivative works, transmit, or in any way exploit any such content, nor may you distribute any part of this content over any network. Copying or storing any content is expressly prohibited without prior written permission of SMATS Group or the copyright holder identified in the individual content's copyright notice. For permission to use the content on please contact

Subscribe Now