BT to have 500K WiFi hotspots available for 2012 Olympic Games

BT (NYSE: BT) reports that is on track to reach its goal of having 500,000 available WiFi hotspots in London to serve the 2012 Olympic Games.

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To date, the service provider has deployed over 475,000 hotspots inside a mix of thousands of London-based independent businesses and homes in addition to outdoor hotspots across Westminster.

As the sole provider of public WiFi to the Olympic Park, the service will complement existing 3G wireless networks with unlimited data, meaning that users won't have to worry about going over their wireless operator's data allowance.  

During the games, users will be able to access the services via 1,000 access points across nine Olympic venues including the Olympic Stadium, the Aquatics Centre, and the Velodrome in addition to all public areas of the Olympic Park in East London.

The service will be available for free to users of Android, iOS and other smartphone devices via BT's agreements with UK and international network providers.

Outside of London, BT is being no less aggressive with WiFi. In just the last six months, the service provider build out 600,000 hotspots, bringing its total to over 4 million in the UK.

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