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The Cloud, a Wi-Fi hotspot network, will launch zones of coverage in 9 UK cities: London, Manchester, and Birmingham are among the first nine cities. They expect to pick up voice service and mobile users, but aren’t planning residential fixed access. Service will begin March 2006 and cover a population of four million residents.
The Cloud is a wholesale network operator, which means that this access will be available to its partners, which include iPass, Vonage, T-Mobile, and BT OpenZone.
Update: As commenters noted, this won’t be city-wide coverage. Rather, it will start in city centres. The press release notes this, too. However, note that the release says, “will begin with nine city centre areas.” This certainly means that they are expanding into other cities after the initial launch, but might also imply they would unwire areas outside High Street.
Posted by Glennf at January 4, 2006 9:19 AM
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The BBC report claims city-wide coverage, but The Register is reporting that it will be limited to city centres...
I'd love to believe the BBC's story, but until I see a press release from The Cloud confirming it, The Register's story looks more plausible; particularly given the claims there that this will be done using BT phone boxes...
FWIW, the figure of 4 million appears to be about right for the (city wide) populations of these cities though....
Posted by: Roy Badami at January 3, 2006 11:09 PM
Hmm, the press release seems to confirm that it's limited to city centres:
I guess the 4 million figure is justified on the basis that residents of the entire city will generally visit the city centre on a regular basis, and hence have access....
Posted by: Roy Badami at January 4, 2006 12:01 AM