BT Openzone hits one million hotspots
BT has substantially increased the size of it's Wi-Fi hotspot network over the last 6 months to over 1 million hotspots, up from 500,000. The increase is largely due to BT home/business hubs having the hotspot functionality built in and enabled. BT are expecting their users to rack up over 1 billion Wi-Fi minutes between April 2009 and April 2010, something it lays largely at the hands of the iPhone user.
"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 to one million hotspots within six months, and will continue to add more to meet demand from smart-phone, laptop, iPod and now e-reader users."Gavin Pattersion, (CEO) BT Retail
The number of specifically deployed Openzone hotspots lies at 3,800, with 137,000 being made up of BT Business Hubs, and 860,000 BT FON home hubs. BT FON members also have access to another 225,000 FON hot spots in the UK and worldwide, whilst Openzone customers can access 65,000 hotspots worldwide.