France’s Free Innovates on Multiple Play, Wi-Fi Mesh, HDTV, unbundled FTTH and WiMax (ITU)

France’s Free Innovates on Multiple Play, Wi-Fi Mesh, HDTV, unbundled FTTH and WiMax: “

Om Malik points to
an article in French
that discuss how Free.fr, the world’s
leading
multiple play provider based in France is now quickly moving into wireless
mesh networks with its new Freebox HD set-top box/wiifi offering. To understand the
quantitative advantages of wireless mesh networks, see this presentation from
Dave Beyer from 2002 that explains how mesh coverage has the interesting property
of increasing coverage and capacity as the more subscribers are added (since the subscribers
are part of the routing infrastructure).

Free recently announced the
delivery of their 300,000 Freebox HD, which they say creates a wi-fi mesh network
that allowing their new wi-fi based phones to roam.

Olivier Gutknecht reported
on some of this in English back in April 2006
.

Free is also going to do a rollout
of FTTH to every home in Paris
which they say they will unbundleto
competitors.

They also now
have a national WiMax license
acquired through the acquisition by their parent
company, Iliad, of Altitude
Telecom
.

This recent presentation on
Iliad’s mid-2006 results provides a good overview of their strategic direction and
their financials. What is next?


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