Paris hands Colubris Wi-Fi hardware contract

Colubris Networks has been selected to provide equipment for Europe’s largest municipal Wi-Fi project.

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Colubris Networks has been selected to provide equipment for Europe’s largest municipal Wi-Fi project.

Colubris was chosen by a consortium consisting of networking equipment maker Alcatel-Lucent and SFR, a French mobile operator. The contract win means it will supply Wi-Fi equipment for the city's recently launched Wi-Fi network. The indoor and outdoor Wi-Fi network covers municipal areas, including parks, squares, town halls, libraries and museums. Financial details of the deal were not released.

The service began operating on 16 July, with free wireless high speed Internet access services for Parisians and visitors via Colubris access points distributed throughout 100 city sites. At the end of September the Paris Wi-Fi project was officially launched, with 225 public sites covered and serviced by 315 access points. By the end of October, full coverage of the 260 municipal areas (400 access points) is expected.

The US Wi-Fi vendor is best known for its public hotspot equipment, and Colubris has previously deployed its technology for Wi-Fi projects in the city of Luzern (Switzerland), Singapore, the subways of Hong Kong, and the automated metro line from Charles de Gaulle airport. It has also partnered with engineering group Alstom to provide wireless networks and services on Alstom’s trains throughout Europe.

“Being associated with an ambitious and innovative project such as Paris Wi-Fi is particularly rewarding and it serves as real recognition of the technical capacity and operational benefits of our solution,” said Rob Scott, president and CEO of Colubris. “An increasing number of municipal authorities are planning, evaluating and deploying wireless networks, which is very exciting.”

Municipal Wi-Fi has had some problems in recent months, especially in the United States where a number of US cities, including San Francisco and Chicago, have pulled their muni Wi-Fi projects.

Back in June, Colubris launched a three-radio access point that can deliver wireless LAN services on two radio channels while scanning continuously for wireless security risks on the third one.

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