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The Cloud is building a Wi-Fi network covering London’s Canary Wharf area: The network is planned to cover a whopping 97 acres. Visitors to public places in the area such as shops, restaurants, bars and outdoor spaces will be able to use the network through subscriptions to services from BT Openzone, O2, or Boingo.
The stories keep mounting about misuse of home Wi-Fi networks: Turn on the WPA, people, if you don’t want Finnish police searching your home when your open Wi-Fi network (or one protected by WEP with folks running free software to easily crack the encryption key) is used to conduct bank fraud.
The Finns are clever, and found the MAC address of the laptop used to transfer money from GE Money’s bank account to another corporate account. The address was recorded in the ADSL modem, and police tracked the MAC address to a GE Money laptop. The company’s chief security officer hasn’t been charged yet, but is alleged to have been behind the crime.
T-Mobile added nine access points in the Lake Balaton region of Hungary: The hotspots will cover marinas on the lake. T-Mobile has 85 hotspots in Hungary.
The University of Wales, Swansea, has built a Wi-Fi network: This is one of those stories that leaves you begging for more details. Some of the university’s buildings have walls that are three feet thick, making building any kind of network challenging. I’d love to hear more details about how the builders of the network managed to work around the challenges presented by these very old structures.
Boingo users can now roam into Prague: Boingo made a deal with WideNet, which operates 36 hotspots in Prague. The hotspots are in restaurants, hotels, and shopping centers
In other Prague Wi-Fi news, Jim Sullivan at Wi-Fi FreeSpot just spent some time in Prague where he found some new free hotspots. He describes some of his experiences on his blog and also lists the hotspots in his directory.
BT Openzone has built six hotspots in Glasgow’s city center: The hotspots cover the main shopping and business areas. The goal is to allow city workers to use the network.
Eircom, the incumbent in Ireland, dropped its hotspot access charges: An hour at an Eircom hotspot now costs 5 euro, compared to 10 euro previously. Eircom also offers a 12 euro monthly subscription to its broadband customers. Folks who aren’t Eircom broadband customers pay 30 euros, which is still half of Bitbuzz’s 70 euro monthly subscription fee. Generally, prices in Ireland and in many places in Europe are pretty outrageous so Eircom’s change in prices may indicate the beginning of a downward trend in access fees.
This story also includes some interesting results from a study that shows that many people would prefer to buy a coffee or a pastry at a cafe and get “free” Wi-Fi access rather than paying 5 euros or so directly for the access. There is a growing perception that Wi-Fi should be part of the experience at a cafe. This may mark an important change in the market here that could lead to more hotspots and possibly even free hotspots, which are virtually non-existent in Dublin.