TWC has launched the first large-scale implementation of Hotspot 2.0, which will make public Wi-Fi networks behave like cellular networks. You log into the network once and you’ll be instantly connected wherever you go.
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Cox will give its home internet customers free access to 150,000 Wi-Fi hotspots in major cities. Cox didn’t build the whole network itself. Instead its tapping into the other cable operators’ networks.
Time Warner already offers a network of 50,000 hotspots through its work with the CableWiFi consortium, but its Wi-Fi network, which it offers free to broadband customers, is about to get a lot bigger with the help of WeFi.
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Vyyo, loosely translated, means “air” in Hindi. And air is what the Norcross, Ga.-based cable broadband equipment maker with that name might have run out of. The company, which used to trade on Nasdaq under the ticker VYYO, is down to some $5.3 million in cash and cash equivalents, according to an SEC filing. The sad turn of events for the company comes a year after it received a big cash infusion — $35 million — from Goldman Sachs. It now has a market capitalization of around $3 million and trades on the Pink Sheets OTC market.
Vyyo makes spectrum-overlay technology that allows cable providers to give big boosts to both upstream and downstream bandwidth. Unfortunately, with the exception of a handful of buyers, the company couldn’t get its technologies widely deployed. And according to Cable Digital News, Vyyo has been fighting a losing battle with vendors that make switched digital video and 1 GHz bandwidth expansion gear.