Openzone Roams With Broadreach

BT Openzone and Broadreach Networks sign roaming agreement allowing customers to use each other's WLAN hotspots

April 6, 2005

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LONDON -- BT Openzone and Broadreach Networks, one of the UK’s leading independent internet location providers, have today announced an agreement that will see the two companies allowing customers to roam across each others’ Wi-Fi hotspots in the UK.

Under the agreement, Broadreach customers will be able to use any of BT Openzone’s own 1,500 hotspots in the UK and BT Openzone’s customers can roam across Broadreach’s network of 350 ReadytoSurf™ fixed and Wi-Fi wireless internet locations. As a result of this and existing roaming deals*, BT Openzone customers can now roam on over 7,800 hotspots in the UK.

Chris Clark, chief executive, BT Wireless Broadband, said: “This agreement with Broadreach is another step towards Wi-Fi access in the UK being similar to the cashpoint system whereby everyone can access Wi-Fi through everyone else’s networks at no extra cost. In order for Wi-Fi to work effectively, companies must work together and offer reciprocal roaming to customers. This partnership will broaden the appeal of Wi-Fi for our customers so they will be able to access their networks when travelling on trains. It also takes BT one step closer to achieving its Mobility and Convergence vision - providing its customers with access to all their applications and information on their choice of device, utilising the best network available with one customer experience.”

Magnus McEwen-King, founder and CEO of Broadreach Networks commented: "Roaming is integral to Broadreach's business model and company philosophy: we've always believed that widespread adoption of Wi-Fi usage outside the home and office will only come if all of the providers involved make Wi-Fi as easy as possible for people to use. Partnering with BT Openzone is a major milestone in this endeavour. We're delighted that the agreement will also allow us to share expertise in the development and roll-out of our Wi-Fi on trains Connected Carriage solution."

BT Openzone

Broadreach Networks Ltd.

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