A few folks find Comcast's policy of using Xfinity Wi-Fi residential and business routers to create neighborhood hotspots alarming and worry about potential privacy issues from putting a second SSID for the public on a router. But Connectify alleges it has found something else that should concern Xfinity customers: the extra power consumption, and potentially higher utility bills, that these devices engender.
Comcast is providing its business customers with something many of its residential customers already have--a dual-signal gateway--and simultaneously boosting its own public Wi-Fi footprint.
Time Warner Cable took the wraps off My WiFi, an online customer portal that positions the company's networks of Wi-Fi hotspots as a stronger competitor to cellular.
Google is reportedly preparing to subsidize commercial-grade Wi-Fi gear and software for small- and medium-size businesses, possibly in exchange for having Wi-Fi users use their Google accounts to sign into those businesses' Wi-Fi hotspots, which will in turn help Google better target advertising to them.
Wi-Fi hotspot deployments worldwide reached 4.2 million hotspots last year and should exceed 10.5 million in 2018, predicts ABI Research. The estimates include Wi-Fi hotspots deployed by mobile and fixed-line carriers as well as third-party operators.
Comcast is extending its Wi-Fi influence globally under trial roaming partnerships signed earlier this year with Japan's KDDI and Taiwan Mobile.
Time Warner Cable confirmed its rollout out of "TWCWiFi-Passpoint," a national Wi-Fi network that includes Hotspot 2.0 technology on most of its public access points as well as upgraded encryption.
Comcast announced that it now has 1 million U.S. Wi-Fi hotspots. The news was released amid rumors that the cable MSO is thinking of launching a Wi-Fi-centric wireless service.
Google is staying tight-lipped about the progress of its Wi-Fi service upgrade in selected Starbucks stores, but some patrons are tweeting that their local coffee shop has already received the upgrade. FierceWirelessTech has more.
Many visitors to New York during Super Bowl week likely got their first taste of location-based advertising thanks to wireless proximity beacons deployed by the National Football League in Times Square and MetLife Stadium. And while consumers could only receive pop-up messages via those beacons if they opted in to use the N.F.L. Mobile app, privacy advocates are cautioning that beacons and even Wi-Fi hotspots can be used for nefarious purposes.