AT&T, Intel and IBM, together with private equity investment firms Apax Partners and 3i announced on Dec 5, 2002 that they are utilizing their collective technologies and capabilities to create a new company, Cometa Networks, that will provide broadband, wholesale, wireless Internet access nationwide in the USA.|
Cometa Networks plans to provide this service to telecommunications companies, Internet Service providers (ISPs), cable operators and wireless carriers, who then can offer their customers wireless Internet access, using wireless fidelity (Wi-Fi) technology, also called 802.11. Cometa will also offer wireless Internet access to enterprise customers through the participating carriers.
The company will work with major national and regional retail chains, hotels, universities and real estate firms to deploy the broadband wireless access service in “hot spots” throughout the top 50 U.S. metropolitan areas.
Cometa’s service will make it possible for users to keep existing sign-on procedures, email addresses, IDs, passwords and payment methods – regardless of whether they are accessing the Internet via an ISP, corporate virtual private network, telecommunications provider or cable operator.
Cometa will start rolling out their network in 2003 and plan to reach 20'000 access points all over the U.S. by the end of 2004.
For more information see Cometa Home Page
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Posted on Friday, 06 December 2002 by admin