LONDON: People in nine cities across Britain will be able to make use of WiFi technology beginning March as a city-based firm, The Cloud, is launching its first phase of a proposed nationwide WiFi network. This will mean that users in these cities will be able to access the internet from their laptops outdoors, without cables, and use their mobile phones to make calls over the web.
The eight cities where the WiFi hotspots will be launched are Edinburgh, Leeds, Manchester, Birmingham, Nottingham, Oxford, Cambridge and Liverpool besides the London boroughs of Kensington and Chelsea, Camden and Islington.
WiFi hotspots provide access to the internet for those with a WiFi-enabled computer or mobile phone without having to use the traditional medium of a cable. Several hotspots put together provide blanket coverage of outdoor areas in the city. Mobile phone users will also be able to make use of the hotspots and make national and international calls, send e-mails and transfer documents at a fraction of the existing costs and without having to rely on telecom service providers.
1. Wifi Technology - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Explore new ways to utilize WiFi technology for outdoor internet access.
2. Mobile Internet - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Develop mobile apps and services that leverage WiFi hotspots for affordable national and international calls, messaging, and document transfers.
3. Wireless Communication - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Create wireless communication solutions that reduce reliance on traditional telecom service providers.
1. Telecommunications - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Integrate WiFi technology into existing telecommunications infrastructure for enhanced connectivity.
2. Mobile Technology - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Capitalize on WiFi hotspots to improve mobile internet access and services.
3. Digital Services - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Develop digital services that utilize WiFi technology for cost-effective communication and data transfer.