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October 21, 2005

Lithuania Launches Hotspots

By Glenn Fleishman

Lietuvos Telekomas has 100 active hotspots: They’ll have 300 in place by the end of 2005, with no plans to charge until next year to boost interest. Wi-Fi hotspots are being installed in major cities like Vilnius in locations such as cafes, filling stations, and shopping centers.

My father’s family all came from one small town in Lithuania—Janova—and I’m proud to see my homeland cut the cord.

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October 17, 2005

Ireland with 50 Base Stations

By Glenn Fleishman

Ireland Offline needs a new spokesperson: John Timmons, the broadband advocacy group’s talking head, said in this article that all of Ireland could be served by just 50 mobile WiMax base stations using technology that should be available by 2008.

The article has other problems, mostly from uninformed opinions quoted directly. For instance, on Philadelphia:

“The local authority was going to set it up themselves but didn’t have the technical knowledge,” said Stephen McCormack, alliances director with Bitbuzz, an Irish wi-fi provider. “They had to contract private companies to do it for them. This increased the costs of the project and will make it more expensive for consumers.”

Oddly, EarthLink’s winning bid a few weeks ago requires the company to cover all expense and meet the proposal’s pricing structure. As far as I know, Philadelphia always planned to contract this out, too.

The article does bring out a usual complain that’s been hampering the growth of competitive wireless networks: putting up masts (or poles) on which to mount antennas. Real estate rights remain a key challenge in metropolitan-scale deployments.

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October 13, 2005

BT Fusion Will Have 20 Phones with Wi-Fi

By Glenn Fleishman

BT will offer handsets from four makers that use Wi-Fi for VoIP: This is a big push for BT’s Fusion service, which currently uses Bluetooth to hook into a BT broadband feed in the home. BT said that Wi-Fi was previously too expensive. Most of the 20 handsets they will offer will include 3G support.

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October 3, 2005

Eircom Works with Business to Double Hotspots

By Glenn Fleishman

The Chambers of Commerce across 18 Irish counties will work with Eircom to add over 400 new hotspots: The hotspots per town will average 20 to 30, and the company estimates an increased reach of 500,000 people.

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