Nantes, France gets citywide Wi-Fi mesh network

The city of Nantes, France has chosen SFR, a French telecom operator and Alcatel-Lucent, to deploy the largest contiguous urban Wi-Fi mesh network in France. The network is expected to go live in the summer of 2008. SFR and Alcatel-Lucent will be paying for all of the costs of deployment. The city of Nantes, France has chosen SFR, a French telecom operator and Alcatel-Lucent, to deploy the largest contiguous urban Wi-Fi mesh network in France. The network is expected to go live in the summer of 2008. SFR and Alcatel-Lucent will be paying for all of the costs of deployment. This model has come under fire in the US after EarthLink and MetroFi announced that they would no longer bear the full cost of network deployment.

SFR says that the minimum speed on the network will be 5 megabits per second and that they will charge for access. There will be free access to public transport and accommodations websites.

For the full article in French, click here (Les Echos website).

[Thanks to Philippe Llau of TDF for sending this news.]

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On a separate note, Alcatel-Lucent’s share price took a nosedive, falling 11% after it announced that revenue growth in 2007 would be flat. The company is under pressure from competitors Ericsson, ZTE and Huawei. Moreover capital spending by its cellular customers in North America is lower than expected.

Comments

  1. Respected Sir,
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    Thanks