BT turns businesses into broadband wireless hotspots

Businesses with BT Business Total Broadband can now turn their BT Business Hub into a BT Openzone wireless (Wi-Fi) Hotspot at no cost. This will allow anyone visiting their premises to surf the web, use internet-enabled applications and make Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) calls.

BT claims that the new system not only helps to extend BT Openzone's existing coverage, but it can also act as an additional revenue stream with businesses able to sell Wi-Fi Hotspot access vouchers.

The new initiative uses technology that acts like a separate broadband connection running through the enabled BT Business Hub. At the same time, the BT Business customer’s data has priority by continuing to use a separate, secure internet connection.

The service provides Wi-Fi access to other BT Business Total Broadband customers using their inclusive BT Openzone minutes, plus BT Openzone subscribers (including roaming partners) and BT consumer Total Broadband customers who are members of the BT FON Wi-Fi community.

BT Business Total Broadband customers currently receive an inclusive number of BT Openzone wireless minutes, ranging from 50 to 500 a month depending on the option and contract.

These can be used at more than 2,500 BT Openzone Premier hotspots at locations such as hotels, airports and railway stations, the 12 UK wireless city centres, including Newcastle, Liverpool and Westminster, the hotspots provided by the BT FON Wi-Fi community, now with more than 70,000 members, and at any of the new BT Business Total Broadband enabled hotspots.

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