Community Wireless: WISP
Wireless Internet Service Providers
Wi-Fi: Here Come the Big Guns : ( Jan 27, 2003 )
the U.S. has about 65,000 paying users and Asia 20,000. But 2003 is being billed as a year of gonzo growth--a rare bright spot in the otherwise gloomy tech landscape. European sales of Wi-Fi interface cards for PCs are expected to soar 66%, to 4.6 million units
Census of Wireless ISPs Estimates as Many as 1,800 : ( Jan 23, 2003 )
According to a new report from industry analysts In-Stat/MDR, the number of wireless ISPs (WISPs) operating in unlicensed spectrum in the United States has soared to between 1,500 and 1,800.
pdf ( April 6th, 2002 )
A wireless approach to community networking using 802.11a, b or g
brings interesting opportunities and problems. Noted below are
four business models.
Boingo provides convenient Internet access to the mobile user
in a growing list of hundreds of public spaces including
airports, hotels and cafes. It provides access to existing
networks through a single account.
Joltage's free software turns any Internet connected PC with
WiFi capability in to a hotspot on the Joltage
Open source software, branding, security and roaming access.
Sputnik provides an incentive to both programmers and access
Airpath Wireless has designed a product to help companies and
organizations create added value and revenue by offering
high-speed wireless and wired Internet access in their venues,
such as airports, hotels, convention centers, marinas and other
Pass-One is the main body responsible for promoting the WISP
business world-wide. Today WLAN is the most successful
implementation of a global broadband data wireless standard as
supported by its Wi-Fi brand.The service delivery via this radio
technology requires a global agreement from its providers,
commonly known as WISPs. The overall objectives of the WISP
Association are: promoting the wireless service delivery for
roaming, standardising the WISP service level, and creating as
well as implementing a global service mark. This will eventually
lead to a harmonised market for the end-user.
Secure Broadband Wireless: Vancouver
FatPort is the leading provider of public wireless Internet access
in Western Canada. The FatPort Network offers secure, affordable,
broadband wireless access in cafes, hotels, and many other public
locations. Make your office portable - use the same tools you are
already comfortable with. Staying in contact over the Internet has
never been easier.
Award-winning broadband wireless internet access for your laptop
or handheld PC -- easy to use, blazing speeds, hundreds of
locations. Subscribe now to our monthly plans with the lowest
per-minute rates, or try the "Pulsar Plan" option and pay only for
what you want to use. Use MobileStar service in Starbucks
locations nationwide -- check back here to see when it's available
in your neighborhood.
provides FAST NET FOR PEOPLE ON THE MOVE. We deploy high-speed
Internet access and other services in hotels, airports, conference
centers and other destinations frequented by travelers.
develops wireless technology solutions to provide mobile workers
with secure, reliable access to critical applications and network
resources from remote locations.
and Sip Network:
dedicated to creating a high quality network of high-speed,
wireless internet Access Points worldwide while at the same time
providing our members and customers with affordable service in