Tech Watch: Surf's Up


LOOK, MA, NO WIRES: When you've just got to surf

When you're lying on a beach in Mauritius and suddenly have the urge to surf—the Web that is, not the waves—you're in luck. The small (pop: 1.2 million) tropical paradise in the Indian Ocean was racing to become the first country in the world with complete wireless Internet coverage, but Macedonia laid claim to that title a few months ago. Mauritian officials say that Macedonia's wi-fi technology, which creates a number of hot-spot "clouds" to cover the country, could lead to connections dropping out. Mauritius is using the newer and fast-growing WiMax standard, which will create a single "hot zone" across...

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