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BTOpenzone Preps Railway Wi-Fi
By: MarkJ - 21 January, 2004 (1:17 PM)

BTOpenzone has announced its intention to upgrade 13 key UK railway stations with broadband wireless LAN (Wi-Fi) hotspot access by the spring of this year:

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The roll out will mean that passengers will be able to surf the web wirelessly at broadband speed from stations in the capital at Euston, Liverpool Street, Waterloo, Victoria, Fenchurch Street, Paddington, Cannon Street, and Charing Cross.

In other parts of England, commuters and other passengers will be able to sample the benefit of BT Openzone service at Birmingham New Street, Leeds City, Manchester Piccadilly and Liverpool Lime Street.

North of the border, Edinburgh Waverley will have its own BT Openzone access point. In addition, BT Openzone access points will be installed at London Bridge and Glasgow Central by summer, taking the total to 15 stations.

Steve Andrews, managing director, Products, BT Mobile and Strategy, said: “Railway stations have always been a key target for BT Openzone and we are delighted to announce this roll out today. BT now has an unrivalled network of access points at all the premium travel locations, whether you take planes, trains or automobiles.

This expansion forms part of our strategy of bringing increasing numbers of access points to key locations. You can now realistically leave your hotel, call into McDonald’s for a coffee and catch your train and all major stops on your journey will have a BT Openzone access point.

BT recently announced the UK’s first ever national week of free wireless broadband (Wi-Fi), starting January 26. Anyone with a Wi-Fi enabled laptop or PDA will be able to register online with BT Openzone and enjoy wireless broadband without time limits for a week free of charge.*

By the end of March, BT’s network of Openzone access points will be more than 2,200, including airports, McDonald’s restaurants, hotels and now railway stations.

BT Openzone provides users with secure high-speed access to corporate networks and the internet. The service allows users to send and receive large quantities of information at broadband speed. The zones are clearly marked with a logo and will give remote access to anyone with a laptop or PDA which is Wi-Fi enabled.

The BT Openzone access points will enable Network Rail’s commuters to work effectively whilst on the move. All they need is a wireless enabled laptop or PDA and to be within range of one of the BT Openzone access points now available at key railway platforms. Passengers can work on their emails offline while on the train and then synchronise when they arrive at the station.

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