Telecom Italia (TI) is said to have signed a platform services agreement with wireless fidelity (Wi-Fi) services provider Boingo Wireless, enabling the carrier to offer TI-branded Wi-Fi services to its customers based on Boingo’s network and technology. Under the deal, the first such agreement Boingo has inked with a European carrier, anyone using its roaming system will gain access to TI’s network, which should number 200 hot spot locations by the end of 2003 and more than 1,000 in 2004. Wi-Fi is a keystone of the Italian firm’s broadband data strategy and will be targeted to both residential and business users requiring local, regional and worldwide remote access. The deal is the latest in a series of breakthroughs for the Santa Monica-based start-up. It recently teamed up with Infonet Services Corp to provide its corporate customers access to more than 5,000 broadband wireless hotspots managed globally by Boingo, secured a deal with UK network operator The Cloud, and struck a separate agreement with PicoPoint in the Netherlands.