Citizens and visitors to Paris are to get free access to Wi-Fi broadband internet across the capital.
In the UK, BT and local authorities have made big noises about “wireless cities” being built by BT using Wi-Fi, but these only allow users to get access to a council intranet.
To surf the web, UK users in the cities covered by the Wi-Fi networks have to pay.
A number of US cities already offer or are planning to offer free citywide Wi-Fi access.
Alcatel-Lucent will integrate and deploy the turnkey Wi-Fi network. SFR will be responsible for the operation, monitoring and maintenance of the Wi-Fi network, as well as the customer service and the Web portal.
The launch of the network will take place in the third quarter of 2007.
The Wi-Fi network enables the city of Paris to offer broadband wireless using 400 new access points.
Citizens and visitors will benefit from access to Wi-Fi services free of charge, confirmed the suppliers.
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The inaugural Pan-European Congress for Municipal Wireless Networks
More on wireless cities: http://www.wirelesscities.org
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