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Google Mesh

Michelle Donegan
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Michelle Donegan

1:10 PM -- Hey there, Broadbanders!

It's time to take a trip to revisit Google (Nasdaq: GOOG)'s WiFi mountain. The municipal mesh network that the search giant built in Mountain View, Calif., is officially one year old and Google has kindly shared some stats to celebrate the anniversary. (See Google's WiFi Mountain.)

The network serves about 15,000 unique users each month. There are more than 400 mesh routers that cover 12 square miles and 25,000 homes. Since the beginning of this year, Google says traffic has grown 10 percent each month and the network handles 300 Gbytes of data each day. Each day, 95 percent of the mesh routers are used.

Sounds good, especially considering that late last year, Unstrung reported on some not-so-happy Google WiFi users. (See WiFi Outlook Cloudy in Mountain View, WiMax's Bay Window, and Should Google Go WiMax?)

And here's the best of the rest:

AlcaLu's WiMax Moves
The European market heats up for WiMax contracts. (See AlcaLu Builds WiMax in Germany and AlcaLu Deploys French WiMax.)

WiMax Bites Big Apple
Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S) will deploy mobile broadband with equipment from Samsung Corp. in New York. (See Sprint & Samsung in NYC WiMax Push and Samsung Gets More Xohm.)

Broadband in Paris
With at least two WiMax networks planned for this year, Paris cements its position as the broadband capital of Europe. (See WiMax Blooms in Paris and French JV Pushes on With WiMax.)

Bye for now!

— The Staff, Unstrung

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