Encinitas, California gets Wi-Fi hotzone

Encinitas, California will be offering Wi-Fi throughout its downtown area to residents and visitors starting in September as part of the city’s downtown revitalization program. Encinitas is a beautiful beach and surfing community, located 25 miles (40 km) north of San Diego, and 95 miles (153 km) south of Los Angeles. It’s fun to see all these surf communities deployEncinitas, California will be offering Wi-Fi throughout its downtown area to residents and visitors starting in September as part of the city’s downtown revitalization program. Encinitas is a beautiful beach and surfing community, located 25 miles (40 km) north of San Diego, and 95 miles (153 km) south of Los Angeles. It’s fun to see all these surf communities deploy Wi-Fi networks. Hermosa Beach is launching theirs next week and the difference is that they are not charging for access (see my previous article on Hermosa Beach).

The network consists of eight BelAir200 nodes deployed from the tops of buildings covering 18 blocks, stretching from Encinitas Boulevard to K Street, with Vulcan Avenue and Second Street forming the east and west boundaries. Cheetah Wireless Technologies will operate the network from its network operation center (NOC) in Las Vegas and will charge residents and businesses a monthly fee of $29.99 and $39.99 respectively, for one-year contracts.

Downtown Encinitas has 250 businesses, 150 offices and 1,500 residents. The city is exploring ways to expand the service, including providing Wi-Fi access to the transit agency that serves the region, and using Encinitas as a central point to expand Wi-Fi up and down Highway 101 to San Diego in the south and Los Angeles in the north.

I have asked for more information about the network including the cost of equipment, maintenance and services, any revenue sharing arrangement, etc. I will add to this post after I get the information.

Comments

  1. We at VisionWorks are an application integrator for Cheetah Wireless Technologies. We will be offering the businesses in the coverage area wireless appliances and services to complement the coverage.
    We think that this is a great model for municipalities as we pay the backhaul fees for our services to Cheetah. Then, they use that as a credit against the city network expenses and eventually it is free based upon the success of the commercial deployment.
    We look forward to this and many other offerings by Cheetah in the near future.
    Jonathan Lewis
    VisionWorks Interactive, Inc.
    Las Vegas

  2. Hello,
    My name is Peder Norby and I am the Executive Director of the Downtown Encinitas Mainstreet Association.

    We partnered with Cheetah Wireless Technologies to roll out our wireless network covering the entire downtown area. Cheetah, for our application used 8 Bel-Air 200 nodes. We partnered with private property owners to host the nodes and to provide redundant backhaul.

    We pre-sold 80 subscriptions and have added more subscriptions since we rolled out the network. We experienced a flawless installation and only a few minor hiccups in first few weeks, none of which ever caused the network to go out of service.

    We look forward to several marketing plans and events to support our network and are already in the planning stages to increase the wireless umbrella with more nodes.

    Real world we are getting between 600kbs and 1.3mbs on a consistent basis and the connection is very robust. We have noticed a tremendous difference in the 802.11 hardware that the end users have so it pays to do your homework on what card/hub/router/bridge you use.

    I wanted to congratulate all partners on a successful rollout and smooth operation. Cheetah wireless and Encinitas have truly succeeded in a metro scaleable wi-fi umbrella,and the future is incredibly bright.

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