Free Wi-Fi at St. Pancras in London sets the standard for Europe’s train stations

St. Pancras Station, the new fancy high-speed rail hub in London, is now offering free Wi-Fi service. The station, which is used by the Eurostar and features among other things, Europe’s longest champagne bar, opened recently to the delight of frequent Eurostar travelers. Now they are outdoing other European train stations by offering free Wi-Fi. […]

France to boost competition in mobile telephony through MVNOs

The French competition authority Conseil de la concurrence (equivalent of the FTC in the US) wants the government to ease regulations governing mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) to increase competition in the mobile telephony market, which is dominated by SFR, Orange and Bouygues Telecom. The competition authority recently issued a report in which it noted […]

Arezzo, Italy sets up muni Wi-Fi network with FON

Arezzo, Italy is working with FON to bring municipal Wi-Fi service across the city. Arezzo will install FON in strategic locations and encourage people to share their connections. Visitors and locals who are not Foneros can still access the network for free (for 15 min) by watching a 15 second ad or they can buy […]

Manchester, UK issues public tender for citywide wireless broadband

The Manchester (UK) City Council wants to extend the Eastserve project’s wireless broadband network to cover the entire city. It has issued a public tender for a citywide wireless network. The deadline for submissions is 8 August 2008; the city will announce the winning bid on 25 August 2008. Go to the Manchester City website […]

European Commission backs away from data roaming caps; T-Mobile says just use Wi-Fi

Fabio Colasanti, the EC’s director general for information society and media, says that the Commission prefers not to impose caps on the roaming charges that mobile operators charge their customers for data use. This seems surprising given that Viviane Reding, the Commissioner for information society and media, has been threatening to lower data roaming prices. […]