BT reaches one million Wi-Fi hotspot milestone


The UK now plays home to more than one million BT Wi-Fi hotspots, it was confirmed this week.

The comms giant set itself the goal of creating a million-strong network and has now done so thanks to implementations in businesses, city centres and homes.

While a million may seem like a too many hotspots, it's clear there's a great deal of demand from users. Indeed, BT predicts that users will spend more than one billion 'Wi-Fi minutes' online in 2010.

"Whether at home, at work or when out and about, wireless access is central to keeping people and communities better connected," said Gavin Patterson, BT Retail's chief executive, in a statement.

"We've grown from 500,000 to one million hotspots within six months, and will continue to add more to meet demand from smartphone, laptop, iPod and now e-reader users."

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.