Telstra is out and Optus is in at Qantas' airport lounges – and some travellers are being surprised, perhaps even stunned, by the speed of the new wireless network.
The souped-up wireless is already running in Qantas lounges at Sydney Airport T3 and Brisbane's International and Domestic airports, after Qantas ditched Telstra for Optus as its airport lounge ISP.
An Optus spokeswoman told Australian Business Traveller that Adelaide will receive its upgrade "by the end of this week”.
The rollout will reach "most capital cities by the end of December, and all other ports including regional ports by the end of April 2012."
Early reports we're getting from AusBT readers are of superfast speeds around 10Mbps, even in morning and evening peak hours, which is zippier than many home ADSL connections – and substantially quicker than Telstra's much-criticised service, which also proved frustratingly unreliable due to connection stall and drops outs.
Optus has obviously boosted overall capacity to the lounge and also seems to have installed the latest 802.11n wireless kit which is capable of delivering rapid and reliable signals to laptops and tablets.
The new network name or 'SSID' to look for is 'Qantas-Lounge' – so if you're hitting up the Qantas lounges any time soon, let us know how the new network is running for you (try using the free Speedtest.net service).
About David Flynn
David Flynn is the editor of Australian Business Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.