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Hampshire Coastline Goes Wireless
By: MarkJ - 14 January, 2004 (9:46 AM)

Wi-Fi provider Square Mile International has begun the development and introduction of a commercial broadband wireless hotspot along the Hampshire coastline between Southampton and Portsmouth:

The hot zone will be made up of five or six individual Wi-Fi hot spots when its construction is finished later this year. It will use directional antennas to focus the footprint on the River Hamble, covering an area 2.7 miles long and 0.6 miles across at the widest point. This will provide wireless connectivity over an area of more than one square mile.

As well as spanning the full width of the River Hamble, some houses and businesses located in and around Hamble will also be able to get Wi-Fi access from Square Mile International.

The first three hot spots -- at Warsash Marine at Hamble Point, the Square Rigger pub at Port Hamble and the Hamble School of Yachting at Mercury Marina -- will go live at the end of January. A subscription to Square Mile International costs 25 per month or 250 per year, although more limited sign-up options are also available.

Exact details of service speed and usage allowances are not yet clear. More @ ZDNet.

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