Virgin Media mulls hotspot plans

24 Nov 2010

British cableco Virgin Media is ‘actively exploring’ the possibility of introducing a public wireless broadband hotspot service, similar to that offered by US-based Cablevision in New York, according to the Daily Telegraph, citing comments from a Virgin executive. It is understood that Virgin would not aim for blanket coverage, but instead would seek to install access points at a number of high demand locations around the country. Such a service would directly compete with BT’s Openzone Wi-Fi offering – the incumbent has around 3,900 of its own hotspots around the country – and would offer downlink speeds of up to 5Mbps. Commenting on the potential development, Kevin Baughan, Virgin Media’s director of advanced technology, noted: ‘We have been inspired by what Cablevision has been able to do in New York and are actively exploring the possibility of creating a similar network here. It takes the sheer power of the cable broadband network and puts it where people need it.’

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