Welcome to “In the Air Tonight”

July 6th, 2009 by Asif Leave a reply »

Welcome to “In the Air Tonight” – an online destination for all things WiFi.  I am Asif Khan, a Toronto-based technology entrepreneur and connoisseur of all that amounts from the intersection of business, advertising and technology.

My latest venture is the launch of the Canadian arm of a global WiFi company called Vex.  At Vex Canada we envision a nation where WiFi is Free and Everywhere.

There is a shift coming.  That is the shift from laptop only WiFi locations, to the WiFi enabled smartphone.  Every new device on the market, from the iPhone, to the Palm Pre all have built in WiFi, but finding a free connection in Canada is not always easy.  WiFi should truly be everywhere, from the grocery store, to the hockey rink, to the gas station.

We’re hoping that over the next year we can truly create a blogspace where you can come to learn more about WiFi.  Where you can engage in discussion about WiFi in Canada and abroad, and where we together can help shape the future of WiFi in Canada.

One final thought: Our national anthem contains the words “True North, Strong and Free.”   Perhaps we could consider a new take on WiFi in Canada as follows: Canada (True North), (Strong) WiFi connections, (Free) for all!

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2 comments

  1. Edward says:

    So what will it take to get wifi ‘all over Canada’? Is it going to be left to the big telecom companies – like Bell, Rogers, Shaw etc? Wifi would certainly be an inroad to competition to these folks.

  2. Irvin Kovar says:

    I agree that wifi is approaching the status of a \fundamental right\. But government and private sector have to converge in the way they partner similar to the way technology is in itself converging. Free networks, ad-based networks or large muni wifi projects all face the same challenges:

    enterprise level design and quality (read: security)
    maintenance and training (read: managed service)
    cost and scalability

    I think Vex is a great idea, as is Meraki, One Economy, Beehive.org etc. I think we need a new social contract between local government and corporations to recognize the hard work activists do in their community to bring hotspots to needy communities. I am not worried about the affluent who can pay for their turbo-stick or buy their wifi from Future Shop and pay 29.95 for ADSL. To me that is not what free wifi is about…IK

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