KPN keen to keep Wi-Fi lead

4 Mar 2005

The Dutch telco KPN has announced that it plans to retain its leadership of the country’s Wi-Fi market despite being overtaken in terms of hotspot numbers. KPN says it currently has around 330 public access hotspots in service in the Netherlands, although around 100 of these are not owned by KPN and are used by its subscribers via roaming agreements. Rival Wi-Fi operator T-Mobile Netherlands recently announced that it now has around 450 hotspots in service, including around 230 in McDonald’s restaurants. According to a Telecompaper report, however, a KPN spokesperson says his company will roll out 112 new hotspots over the next two months and, while this will still not surpass the T-Mobile total, KPN expects to keep first place in the market due to its subscriber usage.

Netherlands, KPN, T-Mobile Netherlands