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This week, US based Comcast announced a neighbourhood hotspot innovative, which sees Xfinity customers adding an extra SSID to their home WiFi. As well as their own private home signal, customers routers will now broadcast “xfinitywifi” which will allow friends, visitors and potentially passers-by, the opportunity to get online for free. With over 20 million customers,…

Hotspot 2.0 in iOS 7

The WiFi industry has been awash with excitement and anticipation around what Hotspot2.0/Passpoint from Wi-Fi Alliance and Next generation Hotspot from the Wireless Broadband Alliance. That has taken a massive leap forward with the (unannounced) inclusion in iOS 7. From a user of WiFi  Hotspots the difference will be stark and very welcome. The current…

A guest blog post by Lina Arseneault, Senior Director of Marketing at AirTight Networks Since its debut in 2003, The Wall Street Journal’s D: All Things Digital conference has been breaking news and highlighting innovation by providing straight-up, unvarnished conversations with the most influential figures in media and technology. D creators and executive producers Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher put the…

How much will it set you back if you want to get online before you get on-board in the UK? New research from Airport Parking and Hotels (APH) has shown the high price of  WiFi in UK airports. The research surveyed the UK’s largest 25 airports. 15 of those surveyed offered free WiFi throughout the…

Thai mobile telecoms company, Dtac has turned pets into moving WiFi hotspots to promote its new moving WiFi service. The pets were attached with a small router on their collars and set out onto the streets, for those nearby to log on. Dtac faced the challenge of creating an innovative experience that would get people…

Google plans to bring high speed WiFi access to over a billion people living in remote areas in Africa, using high altitude balloons which transmit signals across hundreds of miles. Google is currently running a high speed fibre network in remote areas of the US, including Utah, Missouri and Texas. It’s now working with telecoms…

“Since installing Purple WiFi, the feedback from customers has been very positive as they can surf the net, catch up on emails or simply update their social networking pages while their kids play, and the social media element means we can keep everyone updated on what is happening at each of our sites.” Andrew Kirkwood,…

Sponsorship is vital to businesses that rely on brand exposure and front of mind awareness. Yet surprisingly, the only major brewery sponsoring WiFi hotspots in the UK is Heineken, with the sponsorship of BT Openzone Hotspots in over 200 pubs and bars, branded as the ‘Heineken Hub’. The service is free on any wireless enabled…

At the recent Mobile Retail Summit in London some 300 attendees from a diverse range of retailers (including major supermarkets, department stores and multi-outlet retailers), suppliers and technology innovators came together to discuss the rapidly changing retail sector, as it tries to respond to evolving consumer behaviour, particularly around the use of mobile in the…

As Roberto Mancini departs Manchester City FC, there is a new arrival in the shape of stadium wide WiFi for its supporters. Following close on the heels of the announcement by Liverpool FC, Manchester City FC is rolling out high-density WiFi at its Etihad stadium, allowing fans to use their mobile devices to surf the…

As a Meraki Technology Partner we were very excited when we got hold of the presence API several weeks ago. This is something we have been doing with our AirTight Networks integration for a while now so the capability within Meraki came as a very welcome piece of the puzzle. On top of our integration with Social…

Purple WiFi has reached a significant milestone in the company’s channel sales strategy by signing a deal with technology and networking distributor, Purdicom.  The agreement will see Purple WiFi solutions being sold by Purdicom to new resellers and its existing 600 in the UK and across the Middle East & Africa. Purple WiFi, a division…

Technology innovation business, So Purple, has sold its broadband division to Coms PLC.  The deal generates additional funding for the strategic growth of the company’s Purple WiFi offering, while freeing up time and resource to fully capitalise on the market opportunity that social WiFi presents. So Purple was established in 2012 after entrepreneur, Gavin Wheeldon,…

Blog post by Euan Semple, author of ‘Organizations don’t tweet, people do’ Online conversations If you run a small business or a cafe or a bar you already talk to your customers face to face and probably know your regulars and a little bit about them. They enjoy the relationship and it is part of why they…

A guest blog post by Lina Arseneault, Senior Director of Marketing at AirTight Networks Canadian Doug Stephens, founder of “Retail Prophet” is the author of the groundbreaking book, The Retail Revival: Re-Imagining Business for the New Age of Consumerism.  I read the retail futurist’s book soon after it was released in February 2013.  I thoroughly enjoyed…

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