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Aptilo to make Taipei the World's First Fully WiFi Connected City

Aptilo Networks (33% owned by Birdstep) supplies the management platform when Taipei City in Taiwan offers wireless Internet in public areas.

Aptilo Networks (33% owned by Birdstep) supplies the management platform when Taipei City in Taiwan offers wireless Internet in public areas.

The network, defined WiFly, based on Aptilo Network's PwLAN Solution, will make accessing the wireless Internet as easy as using cell phones for Taipei City's 2.65 million inhabitants.

The first of three phases will provide central locations in the city, including the 30 subway stations, with high-speed WLAN access and new wireless services.
 
"This deal is of great strategic importance to us. Not only has Taipei's investment in wireless Internet Access, the so called M-City project, received a lot of attention because of its size but it will most likely be copied by other cities around the world. As the market is expanding to include large hotspots called hotzones, Aptilo as market leader within management solutions for hotspots, is very well positioned." says Jan Sjönell VP Asia Region at Aptilo Networks.
 
10,000 wireless access points will be in service, covering an area of 272 square kilometres where 90 percent of Taipei's 2.65 million people live, making it the first fully WiFi connected city in the world. Q-Ware will operate the network, and Aptilo's solution will, among other things, be used to administer and provision users, monitoring and reporting.
 
During the course of the selection process, integration and interoperability has been successfully completed with the supplier of the Wireless Mesh Network Solution that will be used in Taipei as the Wireless Infrastructure.
 
"Aptilo has vast experience from implementing public WLANs to service providers around the world. Their solution fits very well into our own environment and met all the requirements that we had", said Oliver Yang CEO at Q-Ware.
 
WiFly will be launched in Taipei the 17th of December 2004. 

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