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Vivato's Demise Leaves Wi-Fi Operators Scrambling

With the collapse of Wi-Fi infrastructure provider Vivato, the operators of scores of Wi-Fi wide area installations are scrambling to ensure their networks remain up and running.

One source, who asked to remain anonymous, said Thursday that negotiations were underway with Vivato for a company to take over the manufacturing of Vivato's equipment.

"The equipment we bought from Vivato is still up and running," said Frank Sicilia, president SkyeNet, which operates a Vivato-equipped wide area Wi-Fi network in North Carolina's Outer Banks. "Vivato had an excellent product. Now we're continuing to build out with our own gear."

Financed with tens of millions of dollars of venture capital, Vivato quickly jumped to the vanguard of Wi-Fi infrastructure building Wi-Fi sites from Spokane and other Washington state locations to Florida and Kentucky sites. Installations were set up in Mexico, Canada, and Italy, too.

But a week after the firm announced last month that it had enabled a "large ubiquitous Wi-Fi Network at Pennsylvania State University," Vivato announced that it was ceasing operations.

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