Christmas

I’ve just finished work for the holidays now..horah!

It’s been an OK week, two trips to London, one to discuss and interesting network around the UK, the other to meet with a supplier.

The calendar for the new year is already filling up, with trips to Milan, Italy in mid Jan and Nice, South of France at the end of Jan.

So it’ll be light posting over the holidays and I’ll pick up again in early January.

Merry Christmas!

My quest to find the best wireless roaming agreement has now led me to Ipass. It’s just signed an agreement with BT Openzone to allow Ipass subscribers access to BT’s 1500 hotspots. To the players I’m aware of right now are..

Boingo – Worldwide.

BT – UK

Ipass – Worldwide.

T-Mobile – US & UK. (Worldwide?)

So I’m going to keep searching for a provider that gives the cheapest subscription rate and the largest geographic coverage, so that I only really need one subscription.

Late back from Madrid

The plane was delayed an hour and a half leaving Madrid. The captain announced "we now have a plane that works", that’s always worrying. Madrid was interesting went out for Tapas which was good, the food always  taste better than the Spanish food that you get in the UK. The IBM location was interesting, it had piped music for Christmas and a place to smoke in the main corridor!

The Spanish Telecoms Market is interesting, customers still don’t believe IBM is in networking, which it is in a big way. So I’ll be speaking to our VP for Networking and letting him know my thoughts on the region. Telefonica has everything stitched up and acts like a monopoly…ie everything takes ages to sort out.

AT&T as an MVNO

It also appears as if AT&T are going to do a BT,  sell it’s mobile business and start again!

It’s chasing the business market, which is slightly different to BT’s strategy but still interesting.

I wonder who will be the network provider for them?

[via Gigaom]

Openzone at the Airport

logged on via BTOpenzone at the airport. Boingo failed to spot a partner network that it would allow me to log on with :-(.

It took a whole to figure out as you have to log out and then log back in again when you update the credit on your account..duh!