Football league clubs get wireless!
By staff
If you’re a football fanatic, you will notice that Internet access will be installed in all 72 football leagues clubs, over the next few months. Nottingham forest was the first to go online.

The project is backed by the Football League Club as potential revenue for the future—as many of the clubs are at present experiencing financial problem. It is working with Toshiba, which anticipates the service will benefit those in the ground—like journalist, photographs and spectators. Potential applications include providing supporters (maybe via a PDA) with up-to-date team information or providing Internet VPN access for business people in the executive boxes.

It’s up to individual clubs to decide the extent and the cost of access. It’s currently free while the scheme gets off the ground. They will also offer access to commercial services; online betting seems to be the obvious first step.

Andy Bass, general manager of Toshiba Information Systems (UK), described its work with the Football League as 'a huge step in making wireless Internet access available to a mass audience and just one element of Toshiba's aggressive hotspot strategy to enable public locations across the country.

The instalments were based on Toshiba’s new low cost hotspot solution, which will cost around £400 per site owner and an additional £5 for 24-hour access.

Mr Bass added: 'This will allow any UK business, regardless of size, to install, run and make money from a public wireless network,' said Bass.

'We expect this to be the first wireless hotspot product to really bring wireless connectivity to a mass audience at such a low-cost price point.'

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