The vendor supplying up to 10,000 802.11ac access points for New York City's LinkNYC is Ruckus Wireless, the same company that is supplying Wi-Fi gear for cities like San Francisco and San Jose, Calif., albeit on a much smaller scale, sources close to the matter say.
New York City is going gaga over Wi-Fi, planning to build what it calls the fastest and largest free municipal Wi-Fi deployment in the world.
In a move that could signal major competition for cable companies, New York City has pledged to launch an ambitious public Wi-Fi project in 2015. Dubbed "LinkNYC," the service will provide free Internet service across the New York's five boroughs, as well as no-cost domestic calling and video chatting.
The notion that Wi-Fi is somehow a second-class citizen because it's the "offload" for cellular operators? Well, that just doesn't hold water any longer. If given a choice, most consumers already choose Wi-Fi first and cellular second.
When Carnival Corporation set out a couple years ago to update communications for its fleet of more than 100 ships, it talked to companies like Google, which is making strides with its Project Loon. The Loon project is designed to use balloons launched into the stratospheric for providing Internet access on Earth.
While Gogo President and CEO Michael Small says he doesn't understand why AT&T Mobility wanted to get into the in-flight wireless business in the first place, he's not dismissing the idea that Gogo might one day lease spectrum from the telco.
The city of Phoenix, Ariz., has announced the deployment of 500 Cox Communications Wi-Fi hotspots. Cox, which has already conducted a significant rollout of high-speed residential Internet service in the Valley of the Sun, plans to have 1,200 hotspots deployed in the Phoenix area by the end of 2014.
The increasing appetite for Carrier Wi-Fi solutions will result in revenues growing to nearly $8 billion (€6.4 billion) by 2019. Asia-Pacific is the top region in [terms of the] number of installed Wi-Fi hotspots while Europe and North America continue to grow their networks through the use of community hotspots.
Mimosa Networks, the startup that wants to bring fiber-like quality Internet service to unconnected places, announced the C5i, a Hotspot-to-the-Home Gateway that uses outdoor Wi-Fi to deliver Internet access to the home.
Deployment of carrier-grade Wi-Fi networks by cable companies will far surpass the rollout of small cells by telecommunications companies, according to U.K. analyst Joe Madden of Mobile Experts, who also says telcos missed a huge opportunity to capitalize on Wi-Fi