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Companies warming to BT hotspots

The number of BT wireless hotspots continues to grow, with 80 installed by the beginning of this month and plans for another 40, writes Antony Adshead.

The deals include one with Hilton Hotels to roll out public wireless Lans to 15 hotels in the UK, in addition to the 36 already up and running.

A deal with the British Airports Authority will see hotspots at Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted and Aberdeen airports, and a contract with Welcome Break service stations will see another 27 installed.

BT plans 400 hotspots by summer and 4,000 by June 2005, and analysts believe public WLan hotspots could steal some of the thunder of 3G mobile telephony roll-outs. Broadband access at a BT Openzone site costs just 10p per minute.

Some 45 companies, including the BBC, Toshiba, and Royal and Sun Alliance, have signed up for trials of Openzone on their premises.


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