Thursday, July 06, 2006

Free WiFi and FTTH everywhere - a myth? 

Every major city already announced to provide "free" WiFi hotspots, some of them also cheap FTTH for every household. London, San Francisco, Chicago, I also remember Philadelphia, Vienna and now also Paris. They are announced by (mostly socialist goverened) cities with the intention to bring the city on top of the IT-rankings in the world, but then nothing happens.

In reality you may either find open WiFi networks by private people (the so-called linksys, dlink, belkin, etc. networks), or (in Europe) the very expensive hotspots (nobody is using) from mobile operators, such as T-Mobile and Swisscom. Or the even more expensive (if roaming) 3G UMTS networks.

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