Paris – one giant Wi-fi hotspot?

According to the International Herald Tribune, a dozen Wi-Fi antennas have been set up outside a few of the city’s metro stations providing wireless access to the Internet to anyone with a laptop or Wi-Fi enabled PDA who happens to be close enough to receive the signals. The service is free until June 30. Cap […]

Popularity of Wi-Fi in cities and towns

Earlier this year, CNET published a report on the popularity of Wi-Fi hotspots in cities such as Athens (Georgia), Long Beach (California) and Ashland (Oregon). The Athens project, which is a public-private partnership that involves the county government, the University of Georgia, and local businesses, involves the creation of a “hotzone” similar to that in […]

Public Wi-Fi access business will be a bust

In a report released on June 19, 2003, Forrester states that the money being invested in public access Wi-Fi in Europe by companies seeking to profit from the uptake of wireless networking is largely wasted. Forrester claims that there just won’t be enough people who will carry Wi-Fi enabled devices to make these investments pay […]

NewburyOpen.net expands Boston WiFi service

Tech Superpowers Inc.’s NewburyOpen.net, a free WiFi network on Newbury Street in Boston, Mass., has expanded its reach with the addition of Colortek. NewburyOpen.net provides free AirPort-compatible WiFi wireless network access at several public points on the tony Newbury Street shopping area, located in Boston’s popular Back Bay neighborhood. Colortek specializes in digital film and […]

Lille metropolitan Wi-Fi hotspot network

In January 2003, Lille issued a public tender for the creation of a Wi-Fi hotspot network consisting of 2004 hotspots in the Nord Pas de Calais region by the end of 2004. Lille is European Capital of Culture in 2004 and wants to kick off the festivities by improving the region’s telecommunications infrastructure and enhancing […]