BT has achieved its goal of building a million-strong Wi-Fi hotspot network. The hotspots are available in homes, independent businesses, high street chains and major city centres.
BT Wi-Fi users are also on track to spend more than a billion Wi-Fi minutes online this year (April 2009 – March 2010), a peak attributed in part to the growth in UK iPhone traffic. In the last eight months, BT has signed UK deals to provide O2, Orange and Vodafone iPhone customers, as well as O2 mobile broadband cusotmers, with BT Openzone Wi-Fi access.
The Wi-Fi estate comprises hotspots from the BT FON Wi-Fi Community, BT Openzone, plus Openzone hotspots via the BT business Hub. Brands offering access include Hilton, Thistle, Ramada Jarvis and Macdonald toel chains, Caffe Nero and Starbucks coffee stores, Welcome Break and RoadChef Costa service stations, British Airways, Star Alliance, American airlines and SkyTeam airport lounges.
BT Retail CEO Gavin Patterson said: “Whether at home, at work or when out and about, wireless access is central to keeping people and communities better connected. We’ve grown from 500,000 ot one million hotspots within six months, and will continue to add more to meet demand from smartphone, laptop, iPod and now e-reader users.”
The millionth hotspot is now live and BT will launch a competition on February 11 to find it at http://twitter.com/btopenzone.