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BT Openzone expand hotspots to Hilton hotels in the UK
Tuesday 28 June 2011 13:24:13 by John Hunt

Hilton Worldwide have signed a deal with BT Openzone to provide Wi-Fi and Internet services across the nearly 100 Hilton hotels in the UK and Ireland. The Openzone service being deployed will reportedly offer users a tenfold increase in bandwidth and a high-quality Internet experience.

The deployment sees more than 17,000 bedrooms, public areas, meeting and conference spaces being enabled with the Openzone Wi-Fi service. It will be free of charge to Gold and Diamond Hilton HHonors members and BT Total Broadband customers. Openzone partners will also be able to access the service in the usual way when visiting the hotels.

"The growing number of travellers with mobile devices such as tablet computers and smartphones, means guests increasingly expect to be able to log on wherever they are and with a fast and reliable connection. BT currently has 2.8 million Wi-Fi hotspots across the U.K. and Ireland. By expanding our coverage at Hilton Worldwide’s portfolio of hotels, we are demonstrating our commitment in providing leading edge technology services to partners in a very demanding service environment."

Chris Bruce, (CEO) BT Openzone

The ever-expanding Openzone network is good to see, and this deal will open up the Hilton hotels to more Internet users as those who already have access through an existing subscription will not need to pay for access when staying at these hotels. Readers are reminded that the 2.8 million strong Wi-Fi network is largely made up by BT broadband customers who have their home or business hub enabled to allow access to BT Openzone or FON. The number of dedicated deployed Openzone hotspots was 3,900 in November 2010 but is now believed to exceed 4000.


Posted by cyberdoyle over 5 years ago
Wonder if Openzone could do the same for hospitals? free wifi in them would mean patients could keep in touch with friends and family which is proved to aid recovery and less stress for everyone. you can register to support this movement here: and vote for implementation. Or you can ignore it and rely on intermittent 2g in most hospitals. (yes they let u use mobiles in many now)
Posted by herdwick over 5 years ago
BT Openzone isn't free.
Posted by acpsd775 over 5 years ago
The number of dedicated deployed Openzone hotspots was 3,900 in November 2011.

Have i fell a sleep for a year again and woke up in 2012 lol
Posted by snow_blind over 5 years ago
Depends how you define 'free', if your mindful it can be.

I have openzone minutes bundled with my mobile contract, so i have no seperate openzone contract... so it's kinda free, but with limitations.

Starbucks in the UK also provide 'free' wifi using openzone's network on the provision you have signed up for a starbucks loyaty card, which is that's kinda free too, also with limitations.

Cafe nero are also starting to follow suit deploying openzone in some of their outlets...also with no 'obvious' charge to the user.
Posted by themanstan over 5 years ago
It depends on what you mean and to whom... the Starbucks and Cafe Nero deployments are free to the customer, but are paid for by the outlets. So the reality is they are not free, someone needs to pay for the connection and badwidth. So based on this model is CB wanting the NHS to pay for free wifi for patients and visitors?
Posted by undecidedadrian over 5 years ago
Given that in our local hospital people have TV's taken away from them as you need to sign up for a cable TV rental service that the hospital supplies.

If wireless was rolled out to hospitals then it would be amazingly expensive for the worse possible service possible.
Posted by drteeth over 5 years ago
These damn access points are polluting the airwaves. cannot go anywhere without finding 'open access points' that I cannot use. BT should be paying Ofcom dearly for this use of the spectrum.
Posted by otester over 5 years ago

It's just a WiFi network... :|
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