Optus to serve free WiFi to 2012 Australian Open

Tennis fever is just a few days away from hitting Melbourne, with the 2012 Australian Open starting in mid-January. If you’re planning a trip to the Open, Optus has a little gift for you.

From January 16 to 29, Optus will provide free WiFi across Melbourne Park for the entirety of the tennis. It doesn’t matter what network you’re on, you’ll be able to jump onto the Australian Open WiFi and tweet to your friends, post some pics to Facebook, and provide court side commentary for those of not there ourselves.

“At this year’s Australian Open, we are dedicated to delivering seamless connectivity and innovation to tennis fans for the duration of the tournament,” said Jann Kohlman, Group Manager of Optus Sponsorship and Community Programs.

Frankly, we’re curious to see how good the speeds are, especially shared between that many people. If you end up going, tweet to @GadgetGuySite and tell us how the network’s doing!

Meanwhile, if you don’t end up attending, Optus will be streaming Seven’s coverage of the tennis through the “Optus TV & Video” app supplied solely to Optus customers. You’ll need an Android or iOS device (iPhone, iPad) to use this, with you able to watch the stream over 3G.

For now, you’ll have to just be content with watching some other sport. Until then, continue eagerly awaiting the tennis. It won’t be long now.