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Lots of BT Wifi equipment going up on lots of lampposts. All recent planning applications:)

 

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I read about some plan to get the whole of the country wifi'd up, meaning free access for anyone, wherever you are... gothicform probably knows the answer to this one...
 

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Just heard that Nick Coligan's doing a follow up story to a piece he ran in November about it. It'll be in tomorrow's Echo.
 

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http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/technology/s/218/218441_free_wifi_access_

It's part of a project jointly undertaken by BT and about other cities.

Strangely enough, not Manchester.

http://www.mlogmag.com/magazine/26/city_wide_wifi.shtml
Not sure if this is BT or separate...but I'm sure I heard mention of BT doing a network.

Apparantly the `free' model of WIfi access will not now be happening, despite all the hot air and bluster..the technology is moving so quickly it has been superceded by something else, whose name excapes me...

Free WiFi access launched in city
Simon Donohue
19/ 7/2006


THE Cloud, Europe's leading WiFi network operator, has announced the launch in Manchester of the first of nine city centre networks.
Shoppers and business people will now be able to use WiFi-enabled devices to access the internet in the city centre between the GMex, Arndale Centre and Umist.

The Cloud has partnered with the Manchester Evening News and Manchester Online to launch the hotzone and bring free access to Manchester's biggest website to the city.

Users logging on in the hotzone will be able to access the Manchester Online homepage for free. They can then choose to purchase WiFi airtime to explore the wider web, make VoIP calls or email.

This announcement comes hot on the heels of The Cloud's new unlimited flat rate Ultra WiFi package that allows customers to purchase flat rate, high speed internet access for '11.99 a month with a 12 month subscription, or '11.99 a week on a pay-as-you-go basis. It can be purchased directly from The Cloud or from retail partners, including Manchester Online.

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The Manchester WiFi hotzone turns broadband- speed internet into radio signals which can then be accessed by laptops, PDAs, handheld games consoles and WiFi-enabled mobile phones to allow quick and easy internet access.

The Manchester city network will also immediately be available to people using BT Openzone, O2, SkypeZones, Vonage, iPass and Nintendo WiFi.

Bobby Sarin, chief executive of The Cloud, said: "The Cloud is committed to making affordable WiFi access a reality. "

David Benjamin of Guardian Media Group, Manchester, commented: "We are delighted to be involved in the launch of this exciting new initiative in Manchester. WiFi is already changing the way people work and play at home and in the office.

"Now you can access the internet locations across the city centre, we thought it was only fitting to make Manchester's biggest website available for free using this technology."

HAVE you tried the free WiFi hotzone yet? Have your say.
 

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Wi Max

Apparantly the `free' model of WIfi access will not now be happening, despite all the hot air and bluster..the technology is moving so quickly it has been superceded by something else, whose name excapes me...

Wifi hot spots have a couple of years left based on whats happening here in the US. Cities were signing up for wifi which needs hot spots every few hundred yards apart get coverage but Wi Max covers up to a couple of miles I think and so can provide the same coverage form a much smaller number of locations.

I think they are still doing trials but its expected to roll out in the next couple of years making wifi obsolete.
 
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