BT is to scrap its cap on WiFi traffic following O2's announcement that it will limit data traffic on its mobile network.
BT Retail consumer managing director John Petter said BT's broadband users were previously limited on WiFi minutes available at BT FON and BT Openzone hotspots.
Scrapping this means its subscribers now have unlimited access to some 1.5 million hotspots based on BT FON and BT Openzone services. BT FON consists of BT Home Hub users who have opened a channel on their routers to other Home Hub users. Openzone is a public WiFi service offered in airports, hotels, coffee shops, motorway service stations and city centres.
O2, which had traffic congestion problems in its network when it launched the Apple iPhone, is - like other mobile network operators - desperate to off-load data traffic as fast as possible onto fixed wire networks.
Mobile network operators face a 20%+ annual increase in data traffic because of smart phones. This increase is happening faster than they can upgrade their networks to faster LTE technologies, which should start rolling out next year.
BT said it will soon unveil a downloadable app for Openzone and FON users to make it easier to find hotspots.