Virgin Media has announced its acquisition of Arqiva WiFi - a subsidiary of Arqiva Group that offers 31,000 Wi-Fi hotspot points across the UK.
Currently, the hotspots cover 6,500 locations, most major UK airports, 100,000 hotel rooms, and numerous restaurants, motorway service stations, and other businesses. It also holds exclusive licences to put equipment on street furniture in 12 London boroughs.
Virgin Media will most likely take the hotspots over and integrate them into its existing network, to let its customers and businesses access them while on the go.
The Arqiva WiFi company itself will become a part of Virgin Media Business, the Virgin arm that provides telecoms services to businesses.
Peter Kelly, managing director of Virgin Media Business, said: "With the acquisition of one of the UK's biggest and best public Wi-Fi providers we'll soon be able to expand the same high quality connectivity outdoors. In today's digital age connectivity matters, whether you are at home, at work or on the go. I look forward to welcoming the Arqiva WiFi team to Virgin Media."
At the moment, Virgin Media's public Wi-Fi network is one of the smallest offered by UK's main broadband providers - it pales in comparison to BT's 5 million nationwide hotspots - but this acquisition ought to give it a bit of a boost.
"We have made significant investment in Wi-Fi in recent years, resulting in a scalable and robust platform for customers," Arqiva CEO Simon Beresford-Wylie said. "I firmly believe that Virgin media will be a great owner of the Wi-Fi business."
Source: Virgin Media