BT Roams With WBA

BT announces roaming agreements with four other members of the Wireless Broadband Alliance

November 11, 2004

2 Min Read

LONDON -- BT customers can now enjoy Wi-Fi access at up to 20,000 hotspots across eleven countries, following a series of new roaming agreements with four major international wireless operators. The announcement was made at an industry roundtable in San Francisco held by the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA), of which BT is a member.

Other participants in the international WBA launch include StarHub (Singapore), T-Mobile (Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Netherlands, UK, US), Telstra (Australia) and Telecom Italia (Italy).

Customers of BT Openzone, the UK’s leading Wi-Fi provider, will now be able to take their Wi-Fi subscription to the participating WBA carrier member countries and enjoy a consistent, global, wireless broadband experience with access to information, communications and entertainment at up to 20,000 hotspot locations from North America to Asia-Pacific to Europe. This announcement builds on BT Openzone’s existing roaming agreements with T-Mobile earlier this month as well as The Cloud (UK), Telia Homerun (Sweden), Sonera Homerun (Finland) and Airpath (US).

Customers will be able to benefit from these international roaming arrangements with other WBA members at no additional charge through the remainder of 2004. Prices for international roaming in 2005 and beyond will be determined at a later date.

Chris Clark, chief executive, BT Wireless Broadband, said: “It is critical, for the future of Wi-Fi, that major operators join forces to promote and drive awareness of the benefits of using hotspots. This agreement across members of the WBA will help break down the barrier of hotspot locations being linked to particular providers and ensure customers benefit from the geographical strengths of all five operating companies. Mobility has become an essential part of many business people’s lives and this is another step towards BT’s mobility vision of providing customers with access to all their applications and information, wherever they are, on their choice of device, whilst utilising the best network available.”

BT Group plc

Wireless Broadband Alliance

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