UK TELECOM BT has announced it is on track to provide 500,000 WiFi hotspots around London in time for the Olympic Games, including 1,000 hotspots in the Olympic park.
BT said it already has 475,000 WiFi hotspots around Greater London, which include independent businesses and homes sharing their connections. However the firm said it is deploying 1,000 access points throughout the nine Olympic venues, adding there won't be usage limits.
BT claims that its WiFi network in the Olympic park will be the largest high-density WiFi network ever deployed. Although many UK users could use 3G, the concentration of people could mean that 3G cells become overloaded, something that WiFi base stations are better equipped to handle.
Andy Baker, CEO of BT WiFi said, "BT will bring the internet right to the fingertips of spectators and visitors across London, so getting online during this busy period will be even easier. With the UK's largest WiFi network, BT is proud to be giving users the best-possible experience. BT has a proven track record of delivering the large-scale, reliable communications that London will need this Summer."
BT isn't putting in all this WiFi infrastructure for free. While BT's broadband customers can use it for free and some mobile operators will have agreements allowing users to jump on BT's WiFi network instead of pummelling their own 3G network, it is likely that many users will have to buy pre-paid vouchers. µ
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