Category: Telecoms

Islington mile-long hot-spot

Heading home from London St Pancras station last night, my tube train rumbled through Angel tube station. If I had wanted free wi-fi access, I could have jumped off there and walked along Upper Street. Islington Council has apparently created a mile-long wi-fi hotspot along this busy London thoroughfare – see Silicon.com article Council provides …

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Victim of T-Mobile Hotspot

Mystified by my short post yesterday? Blame the Whitehouse Hotel, Kegworth in Derbyshire (where I was staying prior to talking to the East Midlands branch of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors). While a blessed minority of hotels (and other establishments) treat their guests to free wi-fi access, the afore-mentioned hotel thinks its guests will …

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Easy internet access

First the US, now Greece. Regular readers of this blog will now that I frequently link to Peter Cochrane’s blog at Silicon.com, and his latest post is again noteworthy. Not so long ago, he was discussing the wide availability of free Wi-fi access in the States. Now, he has spent a week in Crete and …

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VOWLAN

Having got my head round Wi-fi and VOIP, I now find that the two can be combined in VOWLAN: Voice Over Wireless Local Area Network. We can expect the number of businesses using this technology to triple by 2007, says Silicon.com. Good headline, but the research was focused on the US, where penetration could reach …

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Wi-fi cities

A BBC article Wi-fi cities spark hotspot debate talks about US cities which are planning to offer low-cost or even free wi-fi services to their citizens just like other utilities such as water or electricity – but big business is ganging up to prevent this threat to existing telecoms businesses. I like the notion of …

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UK Broadband: no such thing?

Peter Cochrane’s blog at Silicon.com destroys the idea that the UK is a leader in broadband technology. "… the UK fits into the world scene as follows: by households online: around 15th; by population served: around 18th; by growth rate last year: 14th; by lines added in 2004/5: fourth; by total lines per capita: sixth." …

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8Mbps broadband – and more!

Earlier this summer my home broadband connection (from BT) was upgraded to a theoretical 2Mbps, offering me a download speed four times faster than previously (subject, of course, to contention ratio constraints, etc in south-east London). Today, I read that BT is planning to roll-out an 8Mbps service, starting next month – stimulated by competitors …

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Wi-Max v 3G, etc

It’s perhaps only to be expected, but some of the major mobile telecoms are sometimes a bit dismissive about Wi-Max. According to Silicon.com, one Nokia executive thinks it is nice technology, but over-hyped; an Intel executive sees Wi-Max peacefully co-existing alongside 3G; and Siemens doubt that VOIP over Wi-Max will seriously threaten existing voice services. …

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The reputation effect of Wi-Fi

Silicon.com is reporting that London’s Canary Wharf business district is now to be Wi-Fi enabled. I don’t expect to see legions of people heading for the Isle of Dogs for free internet access, since the same article also says the operator, The Cloud, will be offering the service through service providers such as BT Openzone …

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Broadband growth

I was updating some stats recently regarding uptake of broadband in the UK. According to Ofcom’s 2005 UK communications market overview: There were over 6 million broadband homes in the UK by the end of 2004 – over 90% more than at the end of 2003 – and over 7.5 million by May 2005 There …

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