back to article China Mobile to quit WiFi rollout

After spending 17 billion yuan on WiFi hotspots – more than $US2.75 billion at the current exchange rate – China Mobile has quit on the rollout and will redirect its spend to LTE. The reason for the decision, reported in Sohu IT (original in Chinese, here), is simple: the hotspots don't make money. Sohu IT says the hotspots …

  1. Mark 85 Silver badge

    Has China been taking Stupid lessons from the US government? In the US's case, we spent billions on wiring schools for CAT-5 and now we're dumping it for WiFi. In China's case, I'm not sure how WiFi could ever be a money maker as here in the States it's done as a loss item to get customers into to the places that offer it. To wholesale set up a city is pretty silly, IMO.

    1. Soruk

      Why would the Cat5 be a waste? It'll work very well for the WiFi access points to uplink over!

      1. Mark 85 Silver badge

        Essentially, you're right. But since the CAT-5 goes from the switch to the walls of the classroom, it would require some major rework. And one has to understand about school systems and contractors. They'll want to pull all the old cable and install new to the WiFi points.

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