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Broadreach Enable First Wi-Fi Hotzone
By: MarkJ - 11 November, 2003 (9:13 AM)

Broadreach Networks claims to have activated the country’s first multi-hotspot area, offering blanket Wi-Fi (broadband wireless) coverage over key parts of London:

The zone comprises WLAN access points sited in company partners' local premises, and Broadreach's own HQ, which conveniently is situated just down the road. Geographically, the zone stretches from the east end of Piccadilly, from Church Place onwards, through Piccadilly Circus and down Coventry Street as far as Wardour Street.

During December, Broadreach plans to extend the zone eastwards to cover Leicester Square and the adjacent Odeon and Empire cinemas.

With blanket coverage, users can easily move within the zone without losing their network connection, in-building blind spots excepted, of course.

This is essentially as close to being a fixed broadband wireless (wide area) providing ISP as normally localised Wi-Fi services can get. On the downside, it could make them more vulnerable to attack or misuse. More @ The Register.

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