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.
European regulation and competition have already made voice and text roaming affordable and widely used. One way or another, within the next few years, mobile data roaming will also become the norm for the majority travelling to most frequently-visited nations.
Concern is growing about the vulnerabilities presented by what are called Wi-Fi Pineapple devices, which can be used to enable man-in-the-middle attacks on users of unsecured Wi-Fi access points, and this timely topic will be addressed during the upcoming Def Con 22 hacker event.
CenturyLink and the Denver Broncos announced a three-year sponsorship deal, under which the telco will provide Internet and data connectivity at the team's stadium and training facility, ensuring redundancy for certain services already provided by Comcast.
People accessing the Wi-Fi service supplied by Google in certain Starbucks stores have been raving for months on social media about improved connectivity, and now SpeedSpot has confirmed that its users experienced up to 18 times faster download speeds at Starbucks locations that have swapped out their AT&T Mobility Wi-Fi service for Google's.
Competition in the WiGig market is heating up rapidly, with Tier 1 smartphone companies asking for 11ad for late-2015 models. The latest WiGig offering is from fabless semiconductor company Nitero, which is applying its 60 GHz CMOS expertise to 60G, its new family of 802.11ad solutions designed for mobile devices plus displays and peripherals.
Making a push to extend its all-IP cognitive radio network technology into the public-safety space, xG Technology said it will showcase its xMax private broadband wireless network solution during next month's APCO International Conference and Expo in New Orleans. The event should attract some 5,000 attendees and exhibitors and is the largest industry gathering of public-safety communications professionals.
China Mobile is reportedly planning to stop expanding its Wi-Fi network after deploying 4.3 million hotspots at a cost of around $2.75 billion because the operator is finding that the network is uneconomic.
Comcast has quietly purchased PowerCloud Systems, the privately held maker of the Skydog Wi-Fi router and app that lets users monitor and modify how broadband is used in their homes.
Alcatel-Lucent is now the supplier of reference for LTE metro cells that are integrated with Wi-Fi under Vodafone's nearly $12 billion Project Spring network investment and upgrade plan.