Cisco is launching a range of wireless "mesh" network products designed to be deployed across towns to create municipal wireless broadband.
US towns and cities, including Philadelphia and San Francisco, are rolling out outdoor wireless networks to give their citizens easy and cheap internet access.
And Europe is catching up, with Macedonia recently announcing a country-wide wireless mesh network in partnership with US-based Strix Systems, which recently opened a European office in France.
Mesh networks comprise wireless access devices fixed to strategic points in an area. The devices communicate with each other to find the best route for data traffic.
Because the devices can automatically communicate with a number of different devices over large areas, they are ideal for providing data communications over large areas.
Cisco has partnered with Hewlett-Packard and IBM to develop its wireless mesh networking strategy, with HP and IBM providing network management and back-end software and hardware.
Cisco has introduced the Cisco Aironet 1500 Series range of access points to drive its move into the market, as well as a range of wireless Lan controllers.