After O2, WiFi Hotspot provider, The Cloud, has signed an agreement with Orange to provide access to its Hotspots.
This would bring Orange's hotspot total to more than 10,000 overnight and provides the mobile phone provider with much needed capacity on the cheap and very quickly.
It effectively turns Orange into a hotspot virtual network operator and reinforces The Cloud position as a top Hot Spot infrastructure provider.
Orange already has agreements with BT OpenZone, France Telecom and WeRoam to provide hotspot access to its business customers.
Users can access the group of hotspots using the Orange's Business Everywhere mobile data card service, which uses a PCMCIA card to locate the Wi-Fi, HSDPA, 3G, EDGE, GPRS and 2G networks on offer and determine which is the fastest connection available.
Everything is done seamlessly with little or no user intervention.
Owen Geddes, Director of Business Development at The Cloud, commented: “Orange’s commitment to WiFi demonstrates the importance of this technology to business customers who need fast, convenient access wherever they are. We’re delighted that Orange will now be able to offer WiFi connectivity through The Cloud’s unparalleled UK footprint which includes train stations, hotels, airports and major sporting venues.”