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2010 could be "vintage" year for VC

The wireless industry has always had a tight relationship with venture capital firms that have in many cases funded the initial development and expansion of numerous start-ups. This has typically been a very beneficial relationship for both sides as consumer demand for mobile services...

2010 could be "vintage" year for VC

The wireless industry has always had a tight relationship with venture capital firms that have in many cases funded the initial development and expansion of numerous start-ups. This has typically been a very beneficial relationship for both sides as consumer demand for mobile services...

AT&T to acquire Wayport for $275M, expands to 20,000 Wi-Fi spots

AT&T Inc. reported plans to acquire Wayport Inc. for $275 million, expanding the telecom giant's Wi-Fi offering to thousands of locations and offering free Internet access to millions of its customers.The acquisition expands AT&T's Wi-Fi footprint to nearly 20,000 domestic hot spots and 80,000...

Wayport aims free Wi-Fi at Nintendo DS players

REDMOND, Wash.-Hot-spot aggregator Wayport is teaming with Nintendo to provide free Wi-Fi service to Nintendo DS users at 6,000 U.S. McDonald's restaurants.Wayport will power complimentary access to Nintendo's Wi-Fi Connection, a wireless gaming community scheduled to go online Nov. 14. The offering will allow...

Carriers ratchet up enterprise offerings

Despite highly publicized launches of consumer-oriented products and services, the mobile enterprise market remains a hotly contested segment for wireless carriers as evident by numerous announcements made during the past several weeks. However, analysts warn that carriers need to refine their efforts if they...

Wi-Fi providers expand European presence

SANTA MONICA, Calif.-A pair of U.S.-based high-speed Internet service providers reported an expanded presence in Europe through a roaming agreement and an acquisition. Boingo Wireless Inc. said it has singed a Wi-Fi roaming agreement with Ireland-based Bitbuzz Ltd. extending the reach of Boingo's network...

Nextel jumps into Wi-Fi arena

Nextel Communications Inc. threw its hat into the public Wi-Fi space with the launch of its commonly named WiFi HotSpot service. The carrier has previously stayed out of the public Wi-Fi arena, though it did provide limited campus and in-building solutions with partner RadioFrame...

Cingular cites data numbers

NEW ORLEANS-Cingular Wireless L.L.C. said its wide area- and local area-based wireless data networks now cover more than 250 million potential customers with EDGE technology and nearly 4,000 Wi-Fi hot spot locations. In support of the expanded data coverage, Cingular said it now offers...

Wayport claims position as top U.S. hot-spot provider

AUSTIN, Texas-Wireless and wired broadband service provider Wayport Inc. said it has become the nation's largest Wi-Fi hot-spot provider with more than 6,300 locations available in the United States. The provider said it is adding up to 150 new hot-spot locations per week. Wayport...

Wi-Fi: Industry’s disruptive darling, now common

Once the darling of the wireless broadband publicity machine, 802.11-based Wi-Fi technologies have increasingly lost their luster to more appealing opportunities forecast from broader-coverage technologies like WiMAX and OFDM-based services, and even more traditional third-generation cellular technologies. But, despite the dimming attention, most industry...

Hertz to offer Wayport Wi-Fi service, directions

Wireless and wired neutral host broadband service provider Wayport Inc. said it has reached a preliminary agreement with Hertz Corp. to provide high-speed Internet access to Hertz customers at more than 50 airport locations across the country beginning early next year. Hertz and Wayport...

Wayport raises $20M for acquisitions, further deployments

Wayport inc. announced it has raised $20 million through a private placement that it plans to use for strategic acquisitions and to accelerate deployments at hotels, airports, McDonald's restaurants, UPS stores and other venues.Wayport offers wireless high-speed Internet service in more than 3,000 locations,...

SBC expands Wi-Fi network to Caribou Coffee shops

SAN ANTONIO-SBC Communications Inc. has signed several deals in an effort to expand its FreedomLink Wi-Fi network coverage area. The company will provide hot spots at 300 Caribou Coffee shops in Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and the District...

Cities and counties deploy Wi-Fi as part of economic strategy

Metro-scale broadband networks based on Wi-Fi technologies are popping up across the country, with big and small industry players alike endorsing the systems for use by municipal entities and consumers. Cisco Systems Inc. recently announced the Cisco Metropolitan Mobile Network solution to provide citywide...

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,...

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,...

SBC inks Wi-Fi deal for mail retail locations

SAN ANTONIO-SBC Communications Inc. said its FreedomLink Wi-Fi service would be available in 1,500 UPS Store and Mail Boxes Etc. locations by the end of this year, with additional installations continuing through 2005. The service, which will be managed by Wayport Inc., costs $20...

Moscone wired for wireless

San Francisco's Moscone Center meeting and exhibition facility is quickly becoming a haven of high-tech wireless communications technology. The 2 million square-foot facility, developed and owned by the City and County of San Francisco and privately managed by SMG, includes 700,000 square feet of...

Wayport to provide Wi-Fi at Moscone Center

AUSTIN, Texas-Wayport Inc., provider of wireless high-speed Internet access, announced it will provide Wi-Fi service in the common areas and meeting rooms of San Francisco's Moscone Center meeting and exhibition facility.Wayport's common access distributed antenna system will be installed by InSite Wireless L.L.C. to...

Carriers embrace Wi-Fi even as they upgrade networks: Verizon EV-DO solution may be more ubiquitous

Despite being a relatively new player in the traditional wireless field, Wi-Fi services have quickly taken over as one of the leading technologies for high-speed wireless data communications as shown by the small but increasing number of tech-savvy consumers clustered in local coffee houses...

Wi-Fi roaming takes giant step forward

The segregated world of wireless local area networks took a giant step toward integration as the nation's largest Wi-Fi hot spot provider T-Mobile USA Inc. reported a deal with software-enabled virtual network operator iPass Inc. allowing iPass' corporate customers to roam onto T-Mobile USA's...

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