Half a million Wi-Fi hotspots for BT


BT is claiming the Wi-Fi crown for biggest supplier of such connectivity in the UK by announcing it now has hotspots at some 500,000 locations.

The half a million sites include BT Openzone hubs and its dozen wireless city initiatives, in addition to big name users such as BA, Hilton hotels and Starbucks.

"We've reached a significant milestone in making Wi-Fi available in places where people want to get online," said Gavin Patterson, BT Retails' chief executive, in a statement.

"As the UK's largest broadband retailer, we're happy to offer the biggest Wi-Fi network too. We'll continue to expand from here."

Earlier this week, Wi-Fi was thrown into the spotlight for less positive reasons, with a researcher suggesting that current laws were too confusing.

Maggie Holland

Maggie has been a journalist since 1999, starting her career as an editorial assistant on then-weekly magazine Computing, before working her way up to senior reporter level. In 2006, just weeks before ITPro was launched, Maggie joined Dennis Publishing as a reporter. Having worked her way up to editor of ITPro, she was appointed group editor of CloudPro and ITPro in April 2012. She became the editorial director and took responsibility for ChannelPro, in 2016.

Her areas of particular interest, aside from cloud, include management and C-level issues, the business value of technology, green and environmental issues and careers to name but a few.