Toronto to become one giant Wi-Fi zone

8 Mar 2006

Toronto Hydro Telecom (THT) has revealed plans to turn the city of Toronto into one big wireless hotspot. The timetable for the rollout indicates that the financial district will be covered by June 2006, with the remainder of the downtown core ready by September 2006. Within the next three years the rollout will have expanded to the rest of the city. Should the project be successful, it will exceed the scope of similar undertakings in other North American cities such as Philadelphia, San Francisco and New Orleans. THT has hinted that in the first six months consumers will be given free access to the zone, after which it will then begin charging. Pricing details have not been announced, though THT has promised that four packages will eventually be available that will be competitive with Bell Mobility, Telus and Rogers. Estimates place the number of commercial hotspots currently present in the city at 200, leaving huge gaps in coverage, of which THT will no doubt be hoping to take advantage.

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