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Old 06-25-2002, 12:37 AM   #1
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British Wireless Broadband Takes Off at Heathrow

British Wireless Broadband Takes Off at Heathrow

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British telecoms operator BT Group Plc officially fired up its first wireless local area network (WLAN) "hot spot" at Heathrow airport on Monday, offering high-speed Internet access to nearby laptop users.


The trial of the new BT Openzone service at the London airport Hilton comes in advance of the August 1 launch, when companies will pay $143 a month for one employee to get unlimited Internet access in the 100-yard-radius zones. Crucially, WLAN traffic runs on fixed-line networks, not mobile.

BT joins a growing list of European fixed-line players following U.S. footsteps into WLAN, which delivers data at 20 times the speed of mobile phones. Wireless firms worry it may take revenue from their own costly next generation services, but optimists say the two technologies will be complementary.
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