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London Preps Taxi Wi-Fi Ahead of Olympics
7.2 Mbps Downstream as You Rumble Through Traffic
by Karl Bode 11:29AM Monday Jul 16 2012
As London gears up for the 2012 Olympics the city's second largest cap company is preparing to offer free Wi-Fi in all of their vehicles. According to the Inquirer, Greentomatocars will install individual SIM cards in each of their 300 cabs, with each vehicle providing users download speeds of up to 7.2Mbit/s and upload speeds of up to 2Mbit/s (the UK has yet to install LTE -- anywhere). "London has long been recognised as a hub for technological innovation. In 2008 it was named the WiFi capital of the world and in 2012 I think it would be fair to say it's now the free WiFi capital," insists the company. Whether the Wi-Fi remains in place after it has impressed Olympic visitors is unclear.

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jgkolt
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I think you mean largest cab company not cap company.

what technology are they using for the internet? with 7.2Mbit down for free when traveling i don't think they need to worry about LTE.
SlashG42

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Metairie, LA

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You and all 1.5 million other inhabitants each get 7.2Mbits down to the same 1.5Mbit backhaul. LOL!

FFH
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said by SlashG42:

You and all 1.5 million other inhabitants each get 7.2Mbits down to the same 1.5Mbit backhaul. LOL!

Each cab will be linking to various cell towers all over London. They won't be linking to a single 1.5 mbps backhaul. That claim is ridiculous.
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SlashG42

join:2002-02-13
Metairie, LA

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Apparently your sarcasm detector needs to be serviced. It is a general statement about how telcos are ignoring backhaul issues while advertising completely unachievable numbers.

cdru
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said by FFH:

Each cab will be linking to various cell towers all over London. They won't be linking to a single 1.5 mbps backhaul. That claim is ridiculous.

Lack of sarcasm detection aside, dozens if not hundreds of cabs in a relatively small area may result in users WISHING they had a 1.5Mbit backhaul.
ISurfTooMuch

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Tuscaloosa, AL

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said by jgkolt:

what technology are they using for the internet? with 7.2Mbit down for free when traveling i don't think they need to worry about LTE.

REALLY long Ethernet cables.

Mr Fel
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I hope they're using fiber run ethernet, that one 100m max distance over copper just won't cut it
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ISurfTooMuch

join:2007-04-23
Tuscaloosa, AL

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They bought a bunch of switches off eBay from China. I think some of the Chinese athletes are bringing them over in their luggage.

I just hope they remembered to buy extension cords to power the switches.

koolman2
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Anchorage, AK
It's probably HSPA - the original. It has a peak downlink throughput of 7.2 Mbps.