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Wi-Fi Hotspot Pricing Still Expensive

Posted: 09th Sep, 2006 By: MarkJ
The business development director of Connect Spot (supplies operators with directory services), Mark Carter, has lashed out at the cost of UK Wi-Fi Hotspots. He said that prices should be half what they are today:

Mark Carter, the business development director of Connect Spot, told ZDNet UK on Friday that pre-pay access — which continues to dominate the market due to users wanting to use the nearest hot spot regardless of the operator — should be priced at between £2-£3 per hour rather than the current £5-£6.

"Corporate customers want effective communications when they can get it at a price they can justify," Carter said. He added that "effective bundling" in terms of convergence was still a way off, but cited BT's Fusion service as a step in that direction.

Carter suggested that the Wi-Fi market was reaching maturity, as providers began to consolidate, footprints began to cross over and companies increasingly turned to installing wireless networks with free "touchdown" points — outside the company firewall — for visitors and contractors.


Naturally providers disagree with Mr Carter's point of view, although that doesn't mean to say he's wrong. Cost has long been a prohibitive factor in commercial Wi-Fi access. More @ ZDNet.
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