Hot rabbit stew?

March 2004
Management Services;Mar2004, Vol. 48 Issue 3, p24
Academic Journal
This article discusses the use of the Hot Spot computer network service in Great Britain. It was in April 2002 that BT Retail unveiledes its intention to launch a Public Access Wireless Local Area Network as soon as the Radio Agency allowed commercial services to operate. This happened in June 2002. The services perform a very similar service in the digital data/voice calling age. When within range of radio base unit, users can sign up for Hot Spot service provided they have laptop or personal digital assistants equipped with an IEEE 802.11b standard wireless network card. In addition, users sign up either by having paid a regular subscription in advance to whichever service they want or by buying vouchers or paying on-line by credit/debit card. Speeds of data access are certainly better with the use of the service. With regard to the question on the installation of Hot Spots, the answer depends on how people travel and what work they do it for. The service exists in airports and rail terminals as one would expect. Swisscom Eurospot has Hot Spots in Arora International hotels. The London Marriott Kensington has a service run by Intel and STSN covering lounges, coffee shops, etc. These are places where travelling business people can make use of what is often wasted time waiting around for transport, idling away the evening in hotel bars and so on.


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