Paris-Wide Wireless Internet Hotspot 'Wi-Fi' Pilot Launched

Paris-Wide Wireless Internet Hotspot 'Wi-Fi' Pilot Launched

Post by Monty Solomo » Wed, 28 May 2003 16:33:46

     Paris-Wide Wireless Internet Hotspot ''Wi-Fi'' Pilot Launched by
     City's Transport Authority, RATP Based on Cisco Technology
     - May 26, 2003 08:00 AM (BusinessWire)

The Regie Autonome Des Transports Parisiens Selects Cisco Systems to
Provide Wireless Internet and Interconnection Technology in Trial that
Could Put Paris at Forefront of Public Hotspot Service Delivery in

Cisco Systems announced today that it is working with Naxos, one of
two telecommunications subsidiaries of the Regie Autonome des
Transports Parisiens (RATP), the Independent Paris Transport
Authority, in a WiFi (wireless fidelity) test of local area network
points deployed in the city's metro stations. The project, named WIXOS
(for Wi-Fi eXtensible aux Operateurs de Services), is a potential
precursor to the roll out of a metropolitan area network that will be
used to ensure the development of hotspots for wire-free Internet
access with minimum visual and environmental impact on the French

Paris has one of the densest metro systems in the world, comprising
400 stations with an average distance of just 550 metres between each
one. The wireless network is supported by a Cisco Metro Ethernet
switching architecture, which runs over part of the 40,000 kilometres
of optic fibre cabling controlled by Telcite, RATP's other
telecommunications subsidiary. The transport authority believes it may
be able to use this infrastructure to build a city-wide Wi-Fi network
that could be used by French Internet service providers to offer
on-the-move Web and email access to their customers. The aim is to
allow both street-level and underground commuters to log onto the
network whilst travelling with a laptop and/or a PC to or from work,
as they would from their offices or homes, and access emails, surf the
Web or pick up location-specific information such as travel news.
Among others, the service is expected to be of great value to
travelling business people, who could do much more work while out and
about and would no longer need to return to the office to pick up
messages in between meetings. The service providers Bouygues Telecom,
T-Online's Club Internet, TELE2, TLC Mobile and WIFI Spot have already
all committed to participating on the platform.



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