By: MarkJ - 9 November, 2010 (8:52 AM)
Wi-Fi LogoTelecoms operator BT UK has today confirmed that it is still the country's largest Wi-Fi Hotspot (public wireless broadband) provider after it passed the 2 Million Hotspots mark last week when BTOpenzone connected up London's Charing Cross Tube Station (here).

Gavin Patterson, CEO of BT Retail, said:

"Demand for wireless access is growing at a record rate, we’ve have added more than 780,000 hotspots in the last six months and will continue to meet the demand as more and more smart-phone, laptop, tablet, iPod and e-reader users choose WiFi to stay connected when they are out and about. What’s more our BT Total Broadband customers have free and unlimited access to the largest WiFi network in the UK included in their broadband package."

BT claims that its two million-strong Wi-Fi estate is the biggest in the UK and comprises Hotspots from the BT FON Wi-Fi Community, BT Openzone, plus BT Openzone hotspots via the BT Business Hub. The hotspots are available in homes, independent businesses, high street chains, major city centres and now the underground.
The BT estate includes:
• Circa 1,955,000 BT FON hotspots: These are public Wi-Fi hotspots broadcast by BT Home Hubs.

• Circa 195,000 BT Business Hubs broadcasting a BT Openzone public Wi-Fi signal

• Circa 3,900 BT Openzone hotspots in popular UK and Ireland locations including hotels, coffee shops, major city centres, airport lounges and terminals and marinas.
We don't consider BT FON hotspots to be a truly professional service, like you would expect to receive from one built by BT itself, although they are still Hotspots all the same.
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