BT Says Wi-Fi Usage On Its Networks Surged in 2008

BT Openzone revealed that its customers spent twice the number of minutes online between April and September 2008 compared to the same period last time, through BT Openzone and BT FON, thanks to an increase in WiFi Hotspots.

September 2008 was BT's busiest month when they recorded the first 10-million minute week, that's nearly 1.5 million minute a day, compared to the average of 8-million minutes per week.

BT now has more than 8000 Hotspots scattered strategically across the country and comprising BT FON, which allows its 5000 members to share their broadband connection while enjoying a network of wireless hotspots. The BT FON community is the world's largest Wi-Fi community; members can pool a small portion of their home broadband connection via BT business hub.

BT Openzone manages more than 3000 hotpots and has an extensive network of partners worldwide but lost Wi-Fi provider "The Cloud" after a five-year relationship back in September 2008. So it will be interesting to see how the figures pan out following the deal.

Altogether, BT customers can have access to more than 120,000 hotspots countrywide. Dave Hughes, BT Wireless Broadband Director, recognised the fact that "It is great to see users embracing broadband on the move, and BT is committed to keeping customers connected with a fast and reliable service in or out of the home or office".

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