Pronto Networks and Tropos Networks announced this week that they would work jointly to develop metro-scale Wi-Fi hot zone deployments. The end-to-end solutions envisioned by the companies would consist of Pronto’s carrier-grade operations support systems developed for wireless broadband networks and the company’s hot zone gateway, in addition to Tropos’ 5110 Wi-Fi cells and a control device designed specifically for large Wi-Fi networks. The two companies recently collaborated on metro-wide hot spot deployments in Chaska, Minn., and Cerritos, Calif.

In other news, Tropos announced that the City of Corpus Christi, Texas, would deploy its Wi-Fi network for use by the city’s water and gas utilities, as well as public works and public-safety agencies. The first phase of the deployment will provide coverage over 18.5 square miles. Coverage will extend to the city’s entire 147 square miles when the project is completed in March 2005.