The importance of Wi-Fi to cable operators, mobile carriers and telcos is evidenced by the list of 14 companies joining the Wireless Broadband Alliance, whose mission includes enabling Wi-Fi interoperability and roaming. The group said the new members "have joined its efforts to unite the ecosystem and progress the development of carrier Wi-Fi throughout the world."
NTT DoCoMo has announced that it is offering a "premium" public Wi-Fi service, with a maximum speed of 72 Mbps, to travelers within Japan on a trial basis.
Cablevision said earlier this year it would reach some 1 million public Wi-Fi access points by the end of 2014. The cable MSO beat its forecast by five months, announcing it has already reached that 1 million hotspot goal.
Martin Walsh, the mayor of Boston, has proposed spending $10.75 million over a five-year period to expand the city's existing fiber-optic cable network to bring broadband Internet service to 100 additional schools and boost backhaul for public Wi-Fi hotspots.
The free Wi-Fi hotspots being rolled out across the nation by AT&T and Comcast help ease the consumption of cellular data, while providing better network speeds than what is typically delivered over 4G connection.
Austin city officials now have a great civic selling point to attract new residents, businesses and visitors: some of the fastest Internet connections in the nation.
Comcast Wi-Fi network only encompasses 1 million hotspots right now, but that number will skyrocket to a whopping 8 million by year's end, with the cable MSO promising to operate hotspots in 19 of the country's 30 largest cities.
Tablets are expected to make up a large majority of all mobile broadband connections in the U.S. over the next two years, according to a new report from the NPD Group.
Over the past year some 154 manufacturers have announced 1,563 LTE-enabled user devices including operator and frequency variants, according to a latest update from the Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA).
With Comcast expanding the rollout of new Wi-Fi gateways that contain a second antenna designed to power neighborhood hotspots, the MSO is generating more publicity in both local and national media outlets. Some of those reports include feedback from subscribers who say they aren't thrilled with the idea of a device in their home being used by their neighbors.