Andorra Telecom (STA) has deployed a Wi-Fi network that offers two levels of service for visitors and residents in Andorra, using Cisco’s Service Provider (SP) Wi-Fi platform, the vendor announced in a press release. The network provides a free basic connection for access to local, commercial and tourist data as well as a Premium Internet option, for accessing other web pages and applications. The network covers the central areas of Escaldes-Engordany and Andorra La Vella, which see the highest density of tourists. Cisco’s SP platform consists of Cisco ASR1000 access router, the Cisco Wireless LAN Controller and the Cisco Mobility Services Engine, which captures contextual information provided by Cisco Aironet Access Points. The Wi-Fi network also includes the Cisco Conencted Mobile Experience (CMX) platform with ThinkSmart, which the vendor claims provides greater intelligence and analytical capacity to offer customised services based on location: ‘This functionality makes it possible to offer contextual data about network usage to the Ministry of Tourism, with the aim of optimising the information and services for users, and it will also be possible for shops in the area to use it in the future, while safeguarding identity and privacy.’ TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database notes that STA has raised the possibility of selling anonymised data gathered through its ‘Smart Country’ programme and is currently investigating ways to ensure that such data could not be abused to glean personal information. The Smart Country programme looks to partner STA with players from a range of sectors to make use of the availability of high-speed broadband connectivity to launch new and innovative services.
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