France Télécom is to launch 802.11b wireless LAN (WLAN) technology for home and business use and set up a network of public WLAN access points.
The company sees 802.11b WLAN as an enrichment of existing fixed and wireless internet access services and will invest to make the technology widely available to business users and consumers.
France Télécom did not specify when it would start rolling out its WLAN offerings, saying only that a series of products announcements is in the pipeline for the coming weeks.
The French carrier follows BT, AT&T and other carriers that also have announced plans to roll out public WLAN networks.
WLANs using the 802.11b standard, also known by the Wi-Fi marketing name for compatibility-tested 802.11b products, provide 11Mbps (bits per second) throughput for data.