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Orange signs deal with The Cloud

After O2, WiFi Hotspot provider (opens in new tab), The Cloud, has signed an agreement with Orange to provide access to its Hotspots.

This would bring Orange's hotspot (opens in new tab) 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.”

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.