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Sputnik aims for free wireless Net access
Posted: 05-Apr-2002 [Source: CNet]

[Sputnik offers its Wi-Fi service for free and reports that so far about 5000 people have downloaded their software.]

by Ben Charny -- "The co-founders of Linuxcare have started a new company that's trying to weave a national high-speed wireless network out of little more than free software downloads.

"The new company, called Sputnik, so far has about 200 working "hot spots," the name for the 300-foot high-speed wireless zones created by using networking equipment based on the 802.11b standard, said Sputnik Chief Technology Officer David L. Sifry.

"The leading makers of 802.11b kits include Cisco System, 3Com, Proxim, Intel and Agere Systems. The leading makers of the silicon chips powering the equipment are Intersil and Atheros.

"Sputnik is now the third company created in the last few months trying to capitalize on the growing popularity of Wi-Fi, a relatively inexpensive wireless network equipment standard that has found its way into homes and offices throughout the country. But unlike the other two companies, Sputnik offers its service for free. It earns money by selling high-end Wi-Fi equipment to businesses.

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