Wireless Briefs: Telco alliance, WiFi benefits, Intel

Wireless Briefs: Telco alliance, WiFi benefits, Intel

Telcos to form Alliance

Five of the world’s largest telecommunication carriers are joining forces to create a Wireless Broadband Alliance and improve services in the Asia region. Telstra, StarHub (Singapore), Maxis (Malaysia), Korea Telecom and China Netcom have agreed to encourage the use of wireless broadband technology by extending co-operation between cross-network services. They aim to deliver a consistent level and standard of services. With 8600 locations in the five countries already wireless-enabled, the consortium hopes wireless broadband solutions will be available at more than 20,000 international airports, hotels, cafés and other potential hotspots by the end of the year.

Wi-Fi installation cuts bills

Industrial gas supplier, Linde Gas Australia, is generating cost efficiencies through the deployment of Cisco Wi-Fi equipment. Working with Sydney-based systems integ­rator, Accucom, it has installed Cisco Aironet 350 Series access points and wireless bridges at all six of its warehouses and distribution centres across the country. The wireless local area network (WLAN) equipment is supported by Cisco 3600 and 800 Series routers and interacts with other handheld communications devices used by Linde Gas.

Intel readying Linux drivers

Intel is working on Linux drivers for its new mobile Centrino technology, but devotees of this open source operating system shouldn’t expect to see notebooks featuring the Centrino-Linux combination on store shelves anytime soon. The chipmaker was running Linux drivers in its labs, but whether or not those drivers made it out of the labs depended on customer demand, Intel spokesman, Scott McLaughlin, said. The Linux operating system is used in many servers that run Intel processors, but a mass market for Linux on desktop and notebook computers has yet to arrive.

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