BT Openzone and T-Mobile widen WiFi accessibility

October 21, 2004

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LONDON -- BT Openzone and T-Mobile today announce an agreement to provide customers withroaming access to each other’s Wi-Fi networks across Europe and the USA*.

Business customers will now be able to check emails, log onto their corporate networksand send large documents at broadband speed at over 10,000 Wi-Fi hotspots worldwide,regardless of whether they are a T-Mobile or BT Openzone customer.Under the agreement, customers of T-Mobile and BT Openzone will be able to use bothcompanies’ Wi-Fi networks in the UK. In addition, BT customers will be able to accessT-Mobile HotSpot networks in Germany, Netherlands, Austria, the Czech Republic and theUSA.

Chris Clark, chief executive, BT Wireless Broadband, said: "This deal has huge attractionsfor business travellers that need to work on the move. They are no longer restricted to justone provider and can benefit from the geographical strengths of two leading companies inthis market. It is essential for the on-going success of Wi-Fi that companies work together.This co-operation will broaden the appeal of Wi-Fi and take BT one step closer to achievingits Mobility & Convergence vision - providing its customers with access to all theirapplications and information on their choice of device, utilising the best network availablewith one customer experience."

Brian McBride, Managing Director of T-Mobile UK, said: "Expanding our Wi-Fihotspots is a key part of our strategy to deliver simple, seamless communications. Ourpartnership with BT is another step towards providing our customers simple and convenientaccess to the internet while on the move. Together with our unique Wi-Fi service, we arestarting to put the internet in your pocket and enable you to do more, whenever andwherever."

BT Openzone

T-Mobile (UK)

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