O2 Ending Wi-Fi Sharing Deal with British Telecom
Published on: 31st May 2013
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UK based mobile network O2 is ending its four year Wi Fi hotspot sharing agreement with BT Openzone in a move that will see its coverage shrink by about a third.
O2 sent out emails to customers notifying them that from the start of July, the network sharing agreement will come to an end.
Although BT has around 5 million Wi-Fi hotspots, many provided through its Fon sharing service, only around 4,200 of them were available to O2 customers. O2 itself has a network of around 8,000 hotspots.
It is not clear which of the two companies chose to end the Wi-Fi sharing contract.
In a statement, O2 said that "We'll continue to extend the reach and scale of O2 wi-fi through exciting partnerships with venues including O2 shops, restaurants, retail outlets and outdoor and indoor locations across the UK."