Are You Local?
One of the most exciting aspects of networked gaming is not just the fact that players can take part from all over the world, but that local groups can join in the fun at specific events and locations. Ofcom is inviting bids to run low-power, low-cost networks, using the 2.4GHz spectrum. Far from the high costs of previous bidding rounds, these networks are intended for very localised areas, and the licence to use them is expected to cost as little as £320. This could mean a network revolution, with all sorts of Chillblast users joining in the fun, including festivals, arenas, university campuses, conferences, town halls and village pubs. Chillblast can foresee no problems at all with this liberation of the wi-fi airwaves, even though 2.4GHz is also used for hearing aids, pacemakers and guided missile systems.