OČ launches free internet wi-fi broadband network.
Mobile operator OČ has announced the launch of its free internet wi-fi broadband network. The network will offer free access to wi-fi hotspots, and will be open to both OČ and non- OČ mobile customers.
The OČ Wifi service will address the many shortcomings of current public Wi-Fi offerings by being genuinely free to customers, simple, fast and secure. Access to the hotspots will be through a simple sign-up process and will allow users access to premium public hotspots, as opposed to residential connections with limited bandwidth.
Tim Sefton, OČ's new business development director, says, "We know that wi-fi as a technology has great potential and can be a very fast service, however customers are discouraged by barriers which include complexity in activation, uncertainty of where wi-fi is free and the variable quality of the current experience."
The company says it aims to "at least double the number of premium hotspots currently offered by BT Openzone and The Cloud" by 2013, and is targeting, "shops, restaurants, retail outlets and outdoor and indoor locations across the UK."