WFI Joins With Google Inc. in Bid to Provide Wi-Fi Services to the City of San Francisco Wednesday October 5, 8:00 am ET
SAN DIEGO, Oct. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Wireless Facilities, Inc. (WFI) (Nasdaq: WFII - News), a global leader in the design, deployment, and management of wireless communication networks, technology networks and security systems, announced today that it has joined with Google Inc. in a bid to provide Wi-Fi services to the City of San Francisco. The proposal, submitted by Google, is one of several received by the City of San Francisco on Friday. If Google's proposal is selected, WFI will provide Google with network engineering and installation services for the citywide network. Further terms of the proposal were not disclosed. ADVERTISEMENT
"As noted in the proposal, WFI is partnering with Google in an attempt to offer Wi-Fi throughout the City of San Francisco," said Eric DeMarco, President and CEO of WFI. "We are very pleased that Google has selected WFI as its network deployment partner. With over a decade of experience designing, deploying and managing communication networks, WFI can provide a strong network infrastructure component to the Google bid. We are truly excited about the prospect of working with Google to provide this service to the San Francisco community."
The market for citywide municipal networks is growing rapidly. City and county municipalities are realizing the potential cost and operational benefits of a wireless network. In its September 2005 "State of the Market Report," Muniwireless.com projects market growth for municipal wireless networks to reach 128% year-over-year growth by 2007, representing approximately $405.6 million in spending.
"The growing municipal wireless market is a strategic focus for WFI. As a result of our experience designing and deploying both Wi-Fi and cellular and PCS networks, we believe we are very well positioned to aid local governments in the deployment of their wireless networks and we expect this market to play an increasingly important role in our business in the future," concluded DeMarco.
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