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