Posted by: Olga Kharif on March 28, 2007
The results are in. After testing some muni Wi-Fi networks, three independent industry researchers have found that most cities’ networks offer inadequate security, poor coverage and don’t even support voice (and voice is the main reason people say they want to use Wi-Fi in the first place). Only 20% of municipal networks tested supported voice services over Wi-Fi.
Clearly, muni Wi-Fi, in its current state, isn’t working. And the cities are to blame: Once they award their Wi-Fi network build-out contracts, they tend to adapt a hands-off approach. In her blog today, Esme Vos, the muni Wi-Fi guru, suggests that, instead, cities need to conduct independent network testing to make sure their Wi-Fi vendors’ networks actually do what they’ve promised. Clearly, right now, most muni Wi-Fi networks would fail that test.