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BT met its goal of half million London Wi-Fi hotspots
Friday 03 August 2012 15:17:51 by Andrew Ferguson

BT Wi-Fi is the exclusive hot-spot provider for the London 2012 Olympics, and a promise made in 2011 to have some 500,000 Wi-Fi hotspots across the capital has been met. The celebration for meeting this target was to deploy new wi-fi hotspots along 27 miles of the River Thames.

The hotspots are a mixture of commercial deployments, and BT Total/Infinity customers offering access via the partner Fon. Though while the number of Fon sites is increasing, oddly in the TV advertising for BT Infinity it is neglected for the risky prospect of sharing a private Wi-Fi key with pretty people you don't know very well.

The Olympic Park Wi-Fi deployment is apparently the largest high density Wi-Fi installation ever, and the density is the big reason why personal Wi-Fi hotspots are not allowed. How the Park controls this was apparently spotted by a twitter user, with we presume once a MiFi that has been left on is found the owner is politely asked to turn it off. The Olympic Park having someone checking for rogue hotspots, seems over the top, but anyone who has attended a tech conference will understand the problems that can arise.

Infamously some years ago, or was it just an urban myth, 2.4GHz Wi-Fi was said to not need any form of policing and could cope with many networks, but the day to day evidence is that neighbours networks are impacting on throughput, with the intelligent choice being to switch to the 5GHz band which is currently less crowded.


Posted by damien001 over 5 years ago
if you set it not to broadcast and SSID then doubt they would even know
Posted by GMAN99 over 5 years ago
They'd know, you are still broadcasting/receiving traffic even if you are not broadcasting the SSID
Posted by Somerset over 5 years ago
The checking in Olympic Park is more likely for managing the many frequencies used by broadcasters.
Posted by leexgx over 5 years ago
///oddly in the TV advertising for BT Infinity it is neglected for the risky prospect of sharing a private Wi-Fi key with pretty people you don't know very well/// BTfon and BTopenzone is not secured any one can use it with out giving the key out
Posted by leexgx over 5 years ago
or set your access point/MiFi device SSID to BTopenzone or TheCloud (o2 free wifi)
Posted by tthom over 5 years ago
and with the Btfon/openzone most dont know that its doing it and are automaticly set to opt-in
Posted by fibrebunny over 5 years ago
Mine wasn't set to opt-in on install. Much to my surprise as I was expecting to jump through hoops to opt-out. Not that it would make much difference as the wifi range on a homehub is crud anyway.
Posted by tthom over 5 years ago
Only reason I found it on my bros is a program i use called inssider
Posted by Anairb over 5 years ago
500,000 hotspots! Wow! Sadly for me there isn't one near my favourite cafe right next to Mile End Station - about one mile from Olympic Park. Neither can I get Infinity where I live right on Victoria Park and less than a mile from Olympic Park. Must be just my bad luck....
Posted by btwifiolympics over 5 years ago
Thanks for the positive article and comments. Just a quick reminder from BT that if you're a BT Broadband customer, you can access free wi-fi at over 500,000 locations across London for the duration of the Games, including the Olympic Park. All you have to do is remember to bring your BT Broadband login details. Find out more here:
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