BT reaches halfway Wi-Fi target


BT has announced that it is halfway towards its goal this year of building a million-strong Wi-Fi hotspot network.

High-speed public wireless broadband is now available in 500,000 homes, businesses and city centres in the UK and Ireland.

The sites include hotspots provided by BT FON Wi-Fi Community, BT Openzone, 12 ‘wireless’ city centres, as well as BT Openzone hotspots via the BT Business Hub. Brands offering access include Hilton, Thistle and Ramada Jarvis hotels, Caffe Nero and Starbucks coffee stores, Welcome Break and Roadchef Costa service stations, BA, Flybe and Skyteam airport lounges.

BT Retail chief executive Gavin Patterson said: “We’ve reached a significant milestone in making Wi-Fi available in places where people want to get online. As the UK’s largest broadband retailer, we’re happy to offer the biggest Wi-Fi network too. We’ll continue to expand from here.”