3000 UK pubs connected
Inspired Broadcast Networks (IBN) plans to connect 3000 UK pubs with a high-speed wireless Internet network. IBN, a joint venture between wireless service provider Inspired Technology and game machine supplier Leisure Link, claims The Cloud will be the biggest Wi-Fi network of its kind in Europe and will offer free trial services in 250 locations by the end of April. It will leverage an existing national network of 90,000 broadband connected games operated by Inspired Technology in 30,000 locations. IBN intends to sell capacity on its WLAN network to companies offering high-speed wireless Internet access to consumers. Ericsson and Intel have been selected to provide technology.
Fone Zone expands
Brisbane-based Fone Zone has acquired fellow mobile phone retailers Let’s Talk and In Touch Communications. The 27 new outlets increase its total number of stores to 83, broaden its presence in Queensland, NSW, ACT and Victoria and give it a foothold in Tasmania and WA. Fone Zone’s CEO, David McMahon, said the acquisitions were in line with its five-year plan of operating 150 stores by 2006 and give Fone Zone a stronger national corporate presence.
Delago for Samsung
Samsung Electronics Australia has announced the appointment of former Motorola sales manager, Josh Delago, as general manager of telecommunications. With a planned rollout of new mobile phone products and the introduction of new technologies such as CDMA and 2.5G enabled handsets in 2003, the appointment was welcomed by sales and marketing director at Samsung Australia, H.J. Kim. There has been a strong reaction from carriers and customers to these new products, Delago said. He was confident that Samsung would have a big impact on the local market this year.