Virgin Media to offer public Wi-Fi hotspots?

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Virgin Media may be about to jump onto the public Wi-Fi hotspot bandwagon, with reports coming in that they are looking to take on the likes of BT’s Openzone and The Cloud with their own service.

A Virgin spokeswoman said: “Virgin is looking to make use of its existing infrastructure to extend its reach in the UK.” They’re apparently taking their cues from US firm Cablevision, who recently rolled-out a similar Wi-Fi scheme in New York, capable of pumping out 5Mb speeds for mobile webheads.

Kevin Baughan, Director of Advanced Technology at Virgin previously told the Telegraph: “Previous attempts were to fulfil a social objective. This is to solve a real problem. Steve Jobs has created phenomenal demand, and we’ve got the best fibre network in the country that could help meet it.

“This isn’t about building broad coverage, it’s about giving you fast, predictable, access where you need it.”

No confirmation yet on the specifics of the hotspot service, but we’ll pass anything on as we get it.

Via: Brand Republic/ Absolute Gadget

Gerald Lynch