Our networks are stratifying
Cisco Systems this week offered some insight into just how much mobile data the world is consuming — 2.5 exabytes a month,…
Freeing the public's airwaves
Marriott International has caved under the public outcry over its Wi-Fi blocking policies. On Wednesday the hotel chain said it would no…
When Wi-Fi meets social media
Purple WiFi is a wireless hotspot company that doesn’t own any hotspots. Instead it has built a virtual network of business Wi-Fi…
Ruckus Wireless will supply the gear for Google’s planned business Wi-Fi service. The catch is Ruckus has never sold any small business products — not until today, that is.
Carriers are taking a bigger interest Wi-Fi, using the unlicensed technology to offload their data traffic and handle VoIP calls. Consequently, interest in companies like Accuris is increasing.
Karma will ship a updated version of its small puck-like hotspot that works with LTE. Previously, Karma hotspots tapped into Sprint’s WiMAX network.
Wi-Fi hotspot sign-in with Facebook was announced last year and now there’s a new router that uses the service: Just check-in to your location on Facebook and you’re online for free.
Cablevision becomes the second cable provider after Comcast to use its customer’s broadband connections as an extension of its Wi-Fi network.
Comcast is compounding its extensive Wi-Fi network with even more Wi-Fi. But these new hotspots aren’t coffee shop and outdoor access points. They’re inside its broadband customers’ homes.
Two years after being promised seamless connections to public Wi-Fi networks, my iPhone made its first Hotspot 2.0 handshake. It’s a long time coming, but carriers and wireless ISPs are finally starting to deploy the technology.
Cisco and Facebook have built a Wi-Fi technology that lets customers trade their demographic data for free Wi-Fi access. The data is collected anonymously, but it’s still highly useful to businesses collecting it.
Comcast plans to crowdsource its Wi-Fi network, turning millions of home gateways into public hotspots. It’s a revolutionary, and probably controversial, move that could benefit its customers immensely — as long as it doesn’t pimp out their broadband connections.
With the next release of its WLAN software all Ruckus-built hotspots will be able to supply optional encrypted connections to any user who wanders into Wi-Fi coverage.
It took two years, but New York’s MTA has expanded its subway station distributed antenna system pilot from six to 36 stops. Now there’s just 241 stations to go.
Using Cisco gear, PT Telkom will build an offload network in schools, malls, hotels and hotspot clusters to ease the mobile data burden on its cellular networks. 100,000 node is huge, but it’s the second network of its size in Asia.
With a reported 50 percent of all smartphone owners not knowing how much mobile broadband their handsets use each month, data usage tracking tools are becoming valuable utilities. Boingo just added one to its Wi-Finder for iOS app, which can help save you money.
As consumers begin chaffing at the prospect of paying for Wi-Fi in public spaces, Boingo is revamping its business model through a strategic acquisition. It’s acquiring sponsored Wi-Fi access firm Cloud Nine to help it set up ad-supported free access to hotspots around the country.
The complimentary Wi-Fi network will go into company-owned locations, but the vast number of franchisees will make their own call on whether to offer the service. Still, even if all 6000 locations signed on they would barely make a dent in Boingo’s already 500,000-strong hotspot footprint.
Amazon changed the game when it offered 3G access in its Kindle e-readers at no charge. That connection is great to have, but those who use it to browse the web won’t be happy: Amazon now limits that Internet on-ramp to just 50 MB per month.
T-Mobile is the per GB charges for its no-contract data plans.The overall price of the low-capacity one week plan is now rising to $15, but customers it provides 3x the amount of broadband. There is also a new middle-tier plan, making for three monthly plan options.
In the near future, getting your smartphone, tablet or laptop connected to a Wi-Fi hotspot won’t be an exercise in frustration. The Wi-Fi Alliance will begin to certify wireless devices for its industry-wide Passpoint initiative this July. Goodbye to splash-screens and network-specific log-ins!
Ting, a new reseller of Sprint’s voice, 3G and WiMax, launched with one of the most unique mobile plans to date. Families using Ting share voice minutes and messages. But there’s another twist: they also share their monthly data across all devices on the plan.
When Free.fr launched its revolutionary new wireless service last week, it put French mobile operators on notice, and they have all responded. The problem is they’ve come nowhere near close to matching the deep data and voice discounts Free is offering.
An alternate wireless network has been emerging in the U.S., one not built by the mobile operators but by cable providers. Cablevision, Time Warner Cable, and Comcast have all launched reams of Wi-Fi hotspots in their MSO footprints, and last week Bright House joined the club.
Operators may be using Wi-Fi to move data packets off of their 3G and 4G networks, but they could be shipping all kinds of mobile traffic via Wi-Fi. Kineto’s new smartphone software makes the world of Wi-Fi hotspots one big off-ramp for voice, SMS and MMS
Mobile operators are paying hotspot aggregators for mobile offload capacity. Why not the other way around? BelAir Networks thinks operators should think big, building their own monster metro Wi-Fi networks, then turn around and sell that capacity back to aggregators and everyone else.
AnchorFree, which distributes the world’s most popular consumer virtual private network, is bringing its Hotspot Shield to iOS devices in a new app that also offers data compression to help cut down people’s mobile data usage by up to half.
The number of Wi-Fi hotspots around the world is expected to crack one million locations by 2013 as carriers continue to embrace the hotspot in face of growing data demand. Gone are the days where simple Wi-Fi is a second-class citizen when it comes to networks.
The number of Wi-Fi hotspot connections is expected to explode to 11 billion sessions by 2014, up from 2 billion this year as mobile devices proliferate. The growth will outpace the increase of hotspot venues, which has largely contributed to the rise of public Wi-Fi sessions.
The number of free wireless hotspots in the U.S. outnumber paid Wi-Fi locations for the first time, with 55.1 percent of public Wi-Fi locations available at no charge. Retailers and data providers are leveraging consumer demand for access to online research and coupons while mobile.
AT&T today launched a free Wi-Fi zone in downtown Charlotte, N.C., following the launch of a similar hotspot zone in New York City just two months ago. The carrier is looking at the Wi-Fi pilot program to help offload data hungry smartphones from its 3G network.
My recent cross-country train trip was a lot of fun. I got to see family and some old friends, and came back relaxed, which is hard to do when flying these days. Here are some suggestions for a good vacation.
The next time you finish using that free AT&T hotspot that stands as one of the few highlights of being an iPhone users on that network of questionable dependability, you might want to make sure your phone forgets that particular Wi-Fi connection.
When the just-released iPad rivals your device for browser share, you know you have a problem. Research In Motion needs to expand beyond its email expertise and get a WebKit browser on its devices.
I spent several hours during yesterday’s NewTeeVee Live conference at San Francisco’s Mission Bay Conference Center sitting at the press table with…
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If you find yourself using Wi-Fi more and more frequently, you’re not alone. As the numbers here show, business use of hotspots…
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