Wireless Hotspots, Public Wireless Access
Although there is still a plethora of free wireless hotspots, public
wireless Internet access is increasingly turning into a paid-access
business. Wayport, a leading wireless
internet access provider that charges for WiFi access in hotels and airports, recently
announced passing the 2.5 million customer mark. The company plans to
launch WiFi hotspots in select McDonald's restaurants across the country.
Even with the staggering growth predictions, a sound business model behind WiFi hotspots and wireless internet service - especially when millions of wireless hotspots will be necessary to cover the entire country – still might be elusive for many companies. Furthermore, many large companies are questioning the potential return on wireless connectivity infrastructure investments. FierceWiFi aims to provide professionals with the insight to understand the wireless hotspot market and make informed decisions related to wireless internet services. Our coverage of wireless hotspots includes articles on costs, billing, security, client authentication, range, capacity, etc.
FierceWiFi also looks at the hardware behind the WiFi hotspots. Companies like Vivato and BelAir Networks are working on WiFi technology which will change the way people think about the economics of hotspots. With innovative wider-area WLAN, wireless hotspots will be able to span across entire enterprises, campuses, and other large local area newtworks. Furthermore, the equipment used to access the wireless hotspots is important and FierceWiFi looks at companies like Intel and Microsoft leading the way in producing WiFi certifiable chips and devices.
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