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Public Wi-Fi usage expected to boom, biz model remains uncertain

The recent explosion of wireless data services has inflicted a heavy toll on traditional cellular networks that were not designed to handle the demand. While carriers continue to furiously bolster their networks with additional capacity and new technology, many are also looking to offload...

Spotlight on: Boingo Wireless

It seems like a no-brainer today, but there was a time not too long ago when Wi-Fi was not a ubiquitous feature found in most homes, businesses or public venues. Along with that scarcity was frustration and complications for those looking to actually connect...

Cometa nets $2M for casino games

British mobile gaming company Cometa Wireless Gaming Systems announced it received nearly $2 million in its first round of funding. Mfusion led the investment."We are delighted to be working with Mfusion. Their commercial experience and knowledge of the gaming and mobile phone industries will...

Spain’s Fon gets financial backing from Google, Skype for Wi-Fi sharing strategy

Google Inc. and Skype Technologies SA are among the backers of Fon, a Spanish Internet software company with plans to create a global network of 1 million shared Wi-Fi hot spots by 2010. In its first round of funding, the three-month-old company said it...

Fon raises $21.7 million, plans global shared hotspot network

MADRID, Spain-Google Inc. and Skype Technologies SA are among the backers of Fon, a Spanish Internet software company with plans to create a global network of one million shared Wi-Fi hot spots by 2010. In its first round of funding, the three-month-old company said...

Rural carriers likely to adopt wireless broadband

While wireless broadband technologies stir some excitement around both service providers and vendors, rural carriers are likely to take the most advantage of them in the short run as the business model catches on with the big operators in the wireline and wireless spheres,...

Partners to pay Wayport fixed price for Wi-Fi access at McDonald's

Fresh on the heels of Cometa Networks Inc. shutting down its Wi-Fi service because investors couldn't find a way to make money from it, Wi-Fi provider Wayport said it would start selling monthly subscriptions to partners offering Wi-Fi service at McDonald's. In addition, Wayport...

Wayport begins fixed pricing model

Wi-Fi service provider Wayport this week unveiled Wi-Fi World, a new pricing model for its Wi-Fi-enabled McDonald's restaurants in which service will be provided for a fixed monthly fee per location rather than a per-connection rate. McDonald's is Wayport's first Wi-Fi World partner, although...

Wi-Fi loses luster as Cometa closes

Wi-Fi, the much-hyped sibling of the wireless industry, might have lost a little of its luster with the closure of one of its more ambitious players and troublesome security warnings from governmental agencies.The once-hailed Wi-Fi company Cometa Networks Inc., originally backed by power players...

Wi-Fi sees first major setback with Cometa shutdown

The once hailed Wi-Fi company Cometa Networks Inc., originally backed by power players AT&T, IBM and Intel, has shut down its network due to lack of funding.Since its founding, "the company has made some progress but the segment has evolved considerably" during that time,...

Toshiba, Cometa enter hot-spot cooperation

SCHAUMBURG, Ill.-Toshiba America Information Systems Inc. and Cometa Networks, Inc. entered an alliance where Cometa Networks will incorporate some or all of the Toshiba U.S. SurfHere hot-spot locations into Cometa's hotspot network.The two companies plan to launch a variety of promotional and co-marketing programs...

McDonald's selects Wayport for Wi-Fi

Following pilot programs with a number of Wi-Fi providers, McDonald's Corp. selected Wayport Inc. to provide high-speed Internet access for up to 6,000 restaurant locations by the end of this year.Wayport's network is already installed in McDonald's locations in San Francisco and San Jose,...

Cometa Networks, iPass enter access agreement

SCHAUMBURG, Ill.-Cometa Networks Inc. reported a deal with iPass Inc. providing iPass users access to Cometa hot spots in the Seattle area, including Barnes & Noble Bookstores, McDonalds restaurants and Tully's Coffee Shops. Cometa, which was formed by AT&T Corp., Intel Corp. and IBM...

Sprint, Concourse reach Wi-Fi roaming pact

OVERLAND PARK, Kan.-Sprint Corp. reported a roaming agreement with Concourse Communications Group L.L.C. to begin offering Wi-Fi services at several U.S. airports including LaGuardia, Minneapolis-St. Paul International, Detroit Wayne County Metropolitan, JFK and Newark Liberty Airports.Sprint also announced the deployment of its own Wi-Fi...

Sprint details Wi-Fi coverage, pricing

OVERLAND PARK, Kan.-Sprint Corp. reported the availability of its previously announced PCS Wi-Fi Access service in hundreds of locations across the country, including all Wayport Inc. airport and hotel hot spots and select Airpath Wireless locations. Sprint also announced its first owned and operated...

Cometa to target Seattle with Wi-Fi

SEATTLE-Cometa Networks said it will launch more than 100 new hot spot sites in the Seattle area Sept. 25, and it expects to activate an additional 150 locations in the area by the end of this year. The company, which was formed in late...

Cometa to target Seattle with new hot spots

SEATTLE-Cometa Networks said it will launch more than 100 new hot spot sites in the Seattle area Sept. 25, and it expects to activate an additional 150 locations in the area by the end of this year. The company, which was formed in late...

Sprint PCS adds Cometa as roaming partner

Sprint PCS reported a deal with Cometa Networks that will allow Wi-Fi Access subscribers to roam onto select Cometa hot spots, which are expected to include more than 250 locations in Seattle by the end of this year.Sprint PCS, which announced its PCS Wi-Fi...

Sprint PCS offers Wi-Fi as defensive move

Interest in Wi-Fi technology surged again last week as Sprint PCS announced it will begin offering a Wi-Fi solution later this summer that initially will provide its customers with access to high-speed Internet services in more than 800 locations across the country and plans...

McDonald’s to expand Wi-Fi services

Fast food giant McDonald's Corp. is expected to expand its Wi-Fi initiative into the San Francisco Bay Area this week, according to the Wall Street Journal.The report noted the company planned to roll out its Wi-Fi service in 75 restaurants this week and has...

AT&T Corp. to bolster Wi-Fi hot spots

AT&T Corp. said it will spend $500 million this year to improve customer experience, including an extension of its business customers' secure corporate intranets to Wi-Fi hot spots at airports and hotels nationwide. AT&T was one of the original investors in wholesale Wi-Fi company...

FCC touts plan to make 5 GHz spectrum available for unlicensed uses

WASHINGTON-The Federal Communications Commission proposed last Thursday to make 255 megahertz in the 5 GHz band available for unlicensed devices. The FCC praised the proposal, which suggests that devices built to use this spectrum deploy dynamic frequency selection to avoid government systems.The proposed rules...

Mobile-phone carriers warned about unlicensed

WASHINGTON-Just as in 1993 when the current wireline industry probably didn't expect its customers to be cutting the cord in favor of mobile phones, the licensed-wireless industry should watch out for unlicensed technologies replacing them-not only for data but also for voice, according to...

Weis joins Cometa as CEO

SAN FRANCISCO-Gary Weis, formerly senior vice president of global services at AT&T Corp., has become president, chief executive officer and a director of Cometa Networks Inc.Larry Brilliant, co-founder and interim CEO of Cometa, will remain as vice chairman of the board and chairman of...

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