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The new services runs £49 for 4,000 minutes of Wi-Fi, 75 MB of cell data per month: BT Datazone works at 7,800 BT Openzone hotspots and on GPRS and 3G networks. The Register article says the service will work worldwide on 30,000 hotspots. No note about roaming charges, however, if any, and there’s no information on BT Openzone’s site yet about this plan.
Wivanet will be offline by early next year: The hotspot network hasn’t seen enough usage for the company to continue to invest in it. The firm to which Vantaa sold its ISP business has no interest in taking over the hotspots. Finland is so cell-phone based, it’s possible—as the article notes—that residents are fixated on next-generation cellular.
The enormous shopping center abjures ad hoc wireless policy: The operator of Meadowhall (Sheffield, England) has hired an outside group to develop a set of policies to provide guidance to businesses running wireless networks so they can avoid interference.
This wouldn’t fly in the U.S., where the FCC ruled earlier this year that landlords lack the authority to regulate the unlicensed bands—only the FCC has that authority. However, airport authorities continue to challenge that policy statement, notably in Boston.
Free-hotspot.com will offer advertising-supported Wi-Fi access: The firm, founded in Dublin, will create an international directory of no-cost hotspots as well. No word on whether the venue pays, but it seems unlikely. Previous efforts along this sort in the U.S. have not turned into large-scale operations.
Megabeam is extremely happy with usage uptake on its A1 and A4 service area Wi-Fi (in italiano): The service is offered in nearly 20 stops along the A1 (Milano to Bologna) and A4 (Milano to Brescia) highways. The number of connections doubles every month, Megabeam says in this report. Rates are €6.50 for 60 minutes (in one block), €12.90 for 24 hours, or €19.90 for 100 minutes across the entire Linkem network in one-minute usage increments.
ADP Télécom operates several French airports, along with prominent hotesl and business venues: Quiconnect doesn’t provide a count, but this is a very strong addition to their portfolio. Some U.S. telecom operators resell Quiconnect’s portfolio as international Wi-Fi roaming has become increasing important to their best customers.