BT to power Starbucks Wi-Fi


BT has partnered with coffee chain Starbucks to provide Wi-Fi across more than 650 outlets in the UK and Ireland.

The first stores will have the service installed this week and the roll out will be completed by the end of the summer.

The move will allow 4.6 million BT broadband customers including those with inclusive BT FON Wi-Fi minutes, plus BT Openzone users to email, surf the internet or make VoIP calls at Starbucks.

O2 iPhone users will have access included within their contract, and millions of customers from iPass, Boingo and other BT Openzone roaming partners will also be able to use the service. 

Starbucks will use the network to support both its public customer hotspots and store operations systems.

BT Openzone chief executive Chris Bruce said: “Starbucks is the perfect place to work or catch up over email. Use of our Wi-Fi doubled last year and coffee shops are increasingly popular as a third place to work or log on to the internet. We’re constantly looking to boost the choice of places to connect – where people want it. The location of Starbucks stores in the high street and travel hubs is helping to extend the reach of Wi-Fi to customers.”

BT also provides Wi-Fi access at more than 150,000 UK and Ireland locations including 12 city centres, the Hilton, Thistle and Ramada Jarvis hotel chains, British Airways lounges, Welcome Break motorway service stations, as well as independent commercial and residential hotspots.