Vodafone strikes WLAN deal with BT

30 Sep 2003

The UK’s leading cellco Vodafone has signed an agreement which will enable its customers to access the Openzone public wireless local area network (WLAN) of dominant fixed line service provider BT from April 2004 onwards. The news follows yesterday’s announcement by Vodafone that it would not build its own WLAN network, choosing instead to focus resources on rolling out third-generation mobile services across the UK. Vodafone has said that it will adopt a similar strategy of leasing WLAN hotspots in the majority of its overseas markets, with the exception of a handful of countries, such as Germany, where the lack of facilities from third parties would make the construction of its own network necessary.

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