Sunday, August 30, 2009

WiFi Commercial

Commercial Wi-Fi services are available in places such as Internet cafes, coffee houses, hotels and airports around the world (commonly called Wi-Fi-cafés), although coverage is patchy in comparison with cellular.

IN USA

• T-Mobile provides HotSpots in many partner retail locations including many Starbucks, Borders Books, and a variety of hotels and airports.

• a Columbia Rural Electric Association subsidiary offers 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi service across a 3,700 mi² (9,500 km²) region within Walla Walla and Columbia counties in Washington and Umatilla County, Oregon.

• WiSE Technologies provides commercial hotspots for airports, universities, and independent cafes in the US;

• Boingo Wireless has over 45,000 hotspots worldwide, including most major airports in the U.S.

• restaurant chain Panera Bread provides free Wi-Fi access at its restaurants.

• Other large hotspot providers include Wayport, iPass, and iBahn.

• There are also a number of aggregators of Wi-Fi, the main one being BOZII, they allow users access to over 250 networks including BT Openzone and Orange France, all with one username and password for a flat fee and no roaming charges.


IN UK

• T-Mobile provides hotspots in many Starbucks and Airports in the UK too.

• BT Openzone provides many hotspots across the United Kingdom and Ireland, notably in most McDonalds restaurants, and have roaming agreements with TMobile UK and ReadyToSurf. Their customers are also able to access hotspots managed by The Cloud.


In France:

• Ozone and OzoneParis In France, in September 2003, Ozone started deploying the OzoneParis network across the City of Lights. The objective: to construct a wireless metropolitan network with full Wi-Fi coverage of Paris. Ozone is also deploying its network in Brussels (Belgium) and other cities in France like Rennes. Ozone Pervasive Network philosophy is based on a nationwide scale.

• als@tis One of the largest Wireless Internet Service Provider for rural areas in France.

In other places

• GlobeQUEST, under Globe Telecom, provides for prepaid Wi-Fi services for nearly all cafes in the Philippines
• Pacific Century Cyberworks provides hotspots in Pacific Coffee shops in Hong Kong;
• Vex offers a big network of hotspots spread over Brazil. Telefónica Speedy Wi-Fi has started its services in a new and growing network distributed over the state of São Paulo.
• Netstop provides hotspots in New Zealand;
• FatPort is Canada's oldest independent Wi-Fi HotSpot operator with coverage from coast to coast.

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