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3GSM LIVE: T-Mobile to double Wi-Fi footprint
Posted by Arne Hess - on Tuesday, 15.02.05 - 17:13:37 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 5941x
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Also at T-Mobile's press conference, René Obermann, CEO of T-Mobile gave an update about T-Mobiles W-LAN plans and expansion:

T-Mobile unveils today ambitious plans to further expand its Wi-Fi footprint across the world and aims to have 20,000 hotspots across the world by the end of the year. Currently, T-Mobile has over 5,300 hotspots in the US and over 7,000 hotpots across Europe.

As part of this, T-Mobile is offering WiFi hotspots on trains and the first truly broadbrand Wi-Fi service on trains in the UK. The service is currently being trialled in the UK on the London to Brighton route, one of the busiest railway routes for business people travelling to and from London and will be commercially launched in Spring.

The service is made possible by installing Wi-Fi antennae inside train carriages, which in turn is connected to a WiMax network running alongside the tracks. Careful network planning has allowed the service to maintain a constant connection throughout the entire journey, including in tunnels and under bridges. WiMax, a fixed-wireless technology based on the 802.16 standard, allows for high speed connectivity of up to 32 Mbps bi-directionally to and from the train.

The service will allow commuters an additional 55 minutes of productive time in each direction – allowing them to read and respond to e-mails, surf the internet and connect securely to office systems while they travel.

Cheers ~ Arne

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