Category Archives: Municipal

Chicago Spreads Welcome Mat For Citywide Wi-Fi

The city of Chicago is calling for proposals to build a WiFi network that could cover at least 90 percent of the city and provide free or low-cost Internet connection. The network should deliver a speed of no less than one 1 Mbps. Aside from fully financing and owning the network, the contract winner willContinue Reading

Hidden Dangers Of Free Public WiFi

For cyber criminals, free wireless public networks provide great tools for stealing sensitive data of laptop owners. Users who are therefore not familiar with procedures to secure their computers could become victims of a “channeling” attack, a practice that allows hackers to obtain online banking passwords and other personal information by creating a fake accessContinue Reading

Skyriver Launches New Wireless Broadband Coverage In Pasadena

Skyriver Communications is extending its fixed wireless coverage in Los Angeles county to include Pasadena and nearby communities such as Arcadia, Sierra Madre, Alhambra, San Gabriel, Rosemead and El Monte. The company said it now delivers continuous wireless coverage from Palm Springs through Ventura using pre-WiMAX technology. According to Skyriver’s VP of Sales Manny Fennessy,Continue Reading

Logan’s Wi-Fi Chokehold

Kevin Martin, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, is trying to get the endorsement of most of the five-member body to put an end to the monopoly of the Advanced Wireless Group in providing wireless Internet access at Logan Airport. Last year, Continental Airlines complained with the commission over the action of Massachusetts Port AuthorityContinue Reading

Intel Plugs WiMax In The Jungle

Intel has brought WiMax to Parintins, an isolated city of 114,000 on an Amazon Basin island in Brazil. According to the company, the new network, which covers two schools, a hospital, a community center and a university, is expected to serve about 1,500 students and 10,000 community residents. Prior to this project, users can onlyContinue Reading

Local Shops On Track To Add WiFi Access To Their Offerings

Mission Hill in Roxbury will host the third WiFi access point in Boston Main Streets districts. The first two hotspots are located in Roslindale and Washington Gateway Main Streets. According to Mission Hill Main Streets director Maggie Cohn, the project benefits small businesses in two ways: they will have free access to the Internet andContinue Reading

GigaBeam Gains From US City Wireless Build-out

A western US company has purchased 11 of GigaBeam’s WiFiber links with compound semiconductor chips, according to the Virginia-based broadband wireless access equipment vendor. According to GigaBeam chairman and CEO Lou Slaughter, the company’s client “is taking advantage of WiFiber, instead of terrestrial fiber, to build out a metropolitan network at a fraction of theContinue Reading

Silicon Valley Wireless Project Moves Forward

The Wireless Silicon Valley Task Force has chosen Silicon Valley Metro Connect to build and run a wireless network that will stretch over 1,500 square miles of the region. Metro Connect is a consortium involving Cisco Systems and IBM. The project, however, still requires the approval of individual municipalities before the construction of the networkContinue Reading

Tropos Boosts Wi-Fi Gear

Tropos has increased the available bandwidth of municipal wireless installations with it’s dual band 5320 outdoor MetroMesh router. The new router boasts a multitude of different protocols and software improvements to allow cities to provide the best coverage possible. Via []Continue Reading

Google Wi-Fi Gift Has A Catch

Google’s municipal WiFi project in Mountain View, CA. has a catch, no live tech support. The network is being provided for 5 years at a cost of millions as a ‘perk’ to the city, but as the saying goes; “you get what you pay for”. The free network will not have any live tech supportContinue Reading

Minneapolis Goes Wi-Fi, With WiMax To Follow

Minneapolis aims to create a citywide wireless network with the help of BelAir Networks and US Internet. Minneapolis Mayor R. T. Rybak said the city “has chosen both a business model and a technology solution that ensure immediate, ongoing, and sustainable benefits.” Under the plan, the suppliers will develop a 54-squre-mile network that will initiallyContinue Reading

IBM-Cisco Group’s Bid Wins Valley Wi-Fi Contract

Silicon Valley has chosen MetroConnect, a coalition involving IBM Corp., Cisco Systems Inc. and wireless Internet firms Azulstar and SeaKay, to provide wireless Internet coverage to most of the area. Under the contract, the group will shoulder the costs of developing the massive hotspot spanning over 1,000 square miles of Silicon Valley. Joint Venture SiliconContinue Reading

Telkom Set To Offer Wireless Broadband In 2007

Telkom hopes to start offering WiMax in South Africa next year, Papi Molotsane, the company’s CEO, told participants at a Telkom-hosted event at Spier outside Stellenbosch. It has been testing the technology for two years now and announced that WiMax will be an essential part of its next generation network. The fixed-line operator has repeatedlyContinue Reading

Taipei Becomes Wireless City, Offering Residents Access To Internet Anywhere In City

Taipei, according to its mayor Ma Ying-jeou, is now a wireless city. Over the last two years, city officials have installed around 4,000 access points in several buildings to allow anyone to connect to the Internet anywhere in the area for a fee. Residents need to pay 400 New Taiwan dollars or about 12 USContinue Reading

Ghana Set For Nationwide Mobile WiMAX

Ghana is due to have a nationwide WiMax coverage. Internet Ghana will use Navini Network’s Ripwave MX solution with smart WiMAX to build the first 802.16e software upgradeable network in the African country. “With high consumer demand, poor DSL access and long customer connection times Ghana is absolutely ready for mass market, rapid install, broadbandContinue Reading