Hotspot Hits for May 14, 2004

By Wi-Fi Planet Staff

May 14, 2004

Austin gets a wireless park; LA's Little Tokyo becomes a hotzone; SkyNetGlobal sells its Singapore arm; and more.

  • As of next week, the Austin Wireless City Project (along with the city itself, Downtown Park Partners, and the Schlotzsky's Deli chain) will have their first wireless park. Republic Square Park at 4th and Guadalupe will be the spot (joined by Auditorium Shores). In fact, on Tuesday the 18th, the groups will have a ceremony and workshop at Republic Square from noon to 1pm to formally launch the hotspot. -- May 14, 2004

  • The Little Tokyo district of the city of Los Angeles is poised to become a hotzone. The city is allowing eWAN1 full access to light-poles and rooftops to install a high-speed Wi-Fi network. The service will be marketed to end-users (businesses and residents) by the non-profit Little Tokyo Service Center (LTSC), in conjunction with the Dept. of Water and Power. Pricing has not been set yet, but they say it will be comparable to broadband like cable or DSL. -- May 13, 2004

  • Australian WISP SkyNetGlobal has been expanding of late but now it looks like a quick scale back: the company is selling some of its subsidiaries to Singapore-based Zelcrest Capital Limited, including the division that's been running the hotspot network SkyNetGlobal had setup in McDonald's restaurants throughout Singapore. They announcement said SkyNetGlobal is committed to continuing to provide service to customers in Australia as well as for roaming partners they've already established. No surprise, the latest roaming partner is Zelcrest. Through this deal, SkyNetGlobal will get two years (until June 1, 2006) of exclusively marketing and selling hotspot services on the Singapore network. The deal is worth $6.5 million in cash.-- May 12, 2004

  • Terminals 8 and 9 of JFK International Airport in New York are new hotspots, courtesy of Concourse Communications. The company has a contract with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and has already launched service in areas of LaGuardia and Newark Liberty. -- May 12, 2004
  • The new 215-room luxury Amalfi Hotel in downtown Chicago, which was retrofitted from a building that once housed flight crews, will be offering high-speed Internet access (HSIA) free to customers. The service will be provided by StayOnline. -- May 12, 2004

  • The Times Online is reporting that T-Mobile hotspot service will be available to all passengers passing through Heathrow, Gatwick, and Glasgow airports starting today. Cost in Britain is steep: #1.50 for 15 minutes access, #5 for an hour, #10 for three hours and #16.50 for 24 hours. They say T-Mobile also has outfitted 150 Starbucks, 100 Texaco stations, Starwood and Sheraton hotels, and others in the UK.

    In other airline Wi-Fi news: German airline Lufthansa will officially launch its in-flight Wi-Fi using Connexion by Boeing starting May 17. It will be available on the Munich to Los Angeles non-stop run. -- May 10, 2004

  • Allegany County in Maryland already has one wireless network (called AllCoNet1) to power connections between public offices and non-profits such as public saftey, the libraries, schools, and public offices. Now it is expanding the network using Alvarion's proprietary BreezeAccess equipment -- in a phase called A2 or AllCoNet2 -- to deliver wireless broadband to over 550 square miles. The $1 million rollout will provide Internet connection to all the industrial parks in the area, almost all businesses, and 85 of county residences. -- May 10, 2004

  • Air-Q Wi-Fi says it has a deal with New West Petroleum to install hotspots in their retail locations (sometimes under the Exxon and Chevron brands) found in 40 truck stops and convenience stores in California. Most are located around San Diego, with a few in central California. -- May 10, 2004

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