Toshiba, Accenture to Offer Hot Spots

By 2003 the companies hope to have launched up to 10,000 wireless LAN hot spots throughout North America.

Toshiba America Information Systems Inc. on Tuesday announced plans to join with Accenture Ltd. to offer wireless LAN "hot spot" services throughout North America.

By 2003 the companies hope to have launched up to 10,000 hot spots, which are public places where customers pay for wireless access to the Internet.

Toshiba is providing the hardware to potential operators, while Accenture will be handling the support functions, such as billing and help desk support, said officials at Toshiba, in Irvine, Calif.

Meanwhile, hotspot operator Wayport Inc. on Tuesday announced an agreement with CNN Airport Network, the satellite-delivered television service seen in more than 1,775 airport waiting areas in the United States.

Through the deal, wireless Internet service will be available in the 38 airports that run the CNN Airport Network. The service will run over the existing CNN Airport Network infrastructure, said officials at Wayport, in Austin, Texas.

CNN Airport Network is run by Turner Private Networks, Inc.

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