RFP for Wi-Fi network in Jordan Downs housing development, Los Angeles

The Housing Authority of Los Angeles has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to deploy and run a Wi-Fi network for 700 apartments in the Jordan Downs Housing development, a low-income housing project. According to the Scope of Work (Exhibit 1), the Wi-Fi network at Jordan Downs needs to be replaced because of the failure […]

More bad news about the NYC Wi-Fi payphone project

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Scandal continues to plague the NYC Wi-Fi payphone project. According to the New York Daily News in the article, “Wi-Fi payphone honcho cited by city for breaking conflict-of-interest rules”: An executive at a computer firm just picked to put Wi-Fi in payphones was cited by city investigators for breaking conflict of interest rules, the Daily […]

All I want for Christmas is Yota

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I’ve covered the Russian company called Yota in the past when it was a WiMAX operator with a luscious little portable egg-like WiMAX to Wi-Fi converter and when it dumped WiMAX and morphed into an LTE operator (smart move). Now it’s selling some of the most gorgeous devices I’ve seen, things I would not mind […]

Controversial NYC Wi-Fi payphone contract approved amidst allegations of favoritism

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The Franchise and Concession Review Committee (FCRC) of New York City has unanimously approved the proposed 12-year franchise contract between CityBridge (a consortium that includes Control Group and Titan Outdoor) and the city of New York, despite allegations of favoritism and conflicts of interest. The scandal-plagued bidding process for the project that aims to turn […]

Ubiquiti versus Ruckus Wireless: share price comparison

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The chart below shows the relative movement of the share prices of Ubiquiti (UBNT) and Ruckus Wireless (RKUS) between 9 June 2014 and 5 December 2014. Whereas the price of RKUS shares increased by 10.18 percent, UBNT lost 23.64 percent in the same period. Both companies have been adversely affected by poor economic conditions in […]

NYC Wi-Fi payphone project: conflicts of interest?

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A few days ago, New York City Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT) announced the winning bidder of the NYC Wi-Fi payphone tender (to turn payphones into Wi-Fi hotspots): the CityBridge Consortium. Many questions are being raised about the selection of CityBridge. One of the members of the CityBridge consortium is a company called […]

NY Public Library rents out 10,000 mobile Wi-Fi routers for free

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The New York Public Library (NYPL) will be renting out 10,000 Sprint mobile Wi-Fi routers for free, according to the Wall Street Journal. The program is funded by a $1 million donation from Google. This is the latest initiative in New York to provide broadband to people who cannot afford a cable or DSL Internet […]

What you need to know about the New York City Wi-Fi payphone project

NYC Wi-Fi payphone project

UPDATE (5 December 2014): NYC Wi-Fi payphone project: conflicts of interest The primary goal of the New York City project to turn the old public payphones into “Public Communications Structures” (a fancy name for [mostly] digital advertising stations that happen to have Wi-Fi access points) is to bring money to the city. The city will […]

Smartphone users prefer Wi-Fi over cellular by a huge margin

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Mobidia has published a short review of average data usage for LTE, 3G and Wi-Fi of wireless subscribers for Q3 2014 in the US.   (1) On average, US subscribers consumed 1.8 GB per month in Q3 2014: iOS: 1.822 GB Android: 1.863 GB (2) Wi-Fi Usage varied more widely iOS: 8.89 GB Android: 6.78 […]

Mimosa announces first hotspot-to-the-home gateway

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The self-installed, window-mounted device connect homes to outdoor access points to provide Internet Access at up to 500 Mbps. Mimosa Networks, a pioneer in gigabit wireless technology, today announced the first consumer device of its kind, the C5i, a Hotspot-to-the-Home Gateway. Introducing an entirely new product category to the industry, Mimosa’s C5i reduces the cost […]