Companies to provide wireless Internet access by turning private homes into public Wi-Fi hotspots2012.10.25 10:03 by Daniela
Keywords: Wi-Fi, hotspot
Alcatel-Lucent, and the Dutch cable operator Ziggo are planning to turn private homes into public Wi-Fi hotspots in order to provide wireless broadband access to Ziggo's customers. They are conducting a trial among the citizens of the city of Groningen, in the northeast of the Netherlands. The trial is using Alcatel-Lucent's lightRadio Wi-Fi technology to give multiple Ziggo subscribers simultaneous access to high-quality wireless Internet – without impairing either the existing home broadband service quality or impacting the security of existing home WiFi networks.
Now, the service is being opened up to 18,000 homes in November, making it the largest and most dense hotspot network in the Netherlands. For Ziggo's customers, a secure wireless broadband connection is vital to allow them to access Internet services on the move, whenever they want them and using the device most suited to them.
As part of the trial, Alcatel-Lucent is providing Wireless LAN gateway functionality within its 7750 Service Routers as well as authentication, authorization and accounting (AAA) server authentication functionality without need to change the cable network to allow the simple single login procedure.
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