BT deploys public Wi-Fi for 2012 Olympics

Deployment of half a million hotspots around the Olympic Park nearly done

BT has announced that it is on track to deliver its goal of deploying 500,000 BT Openzone Wi-Fi hotspots across London before the start of the 2012 Olympic Games.

The company has also confirmed that it is the sole public Wi-Fi supplier for the Olympic Park, in East London. BT's plans are for the Olympic Park to be the highest density Wi-Fi zone ever, with more connection points, and potentially more Wi-Fi users in one place, than ever before.

The broadband supplier is also concentrating on providing comprehensive Wi-Fi coverage at nine major Olympic venues, including the Olympic Stadium, the Aquatics Centre, and the Velodrome.

Access to BT Openzone hotspots is free for BT customers, and is also included with some mobile phone contracts, including those from T-Mobile and Orange.

Other users will have to subscribe and pay for access. Pre-paid Wi-Fi can be bought from any Openzone hotspot. Simply connect your device and enter your details.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: "This is fantastic news for the millions of visitors coming to the capital to enjoy this incredible summer of sport but even better news for London's businesses, who will continue to reap the benefits of this boost to the city's ever expanding digital infrastructure long after the Games are over."

Andy Baker, CEO of BT Wi-Fi, added: "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."

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