The French telecoms group Iliad has announced the launch of its community Wi-Fi internet network, FreeWiFi Secure, for many of its mobile customers. Previously only available to Iliad’s ADSL subscribers, Wi-Fi network access has now been extended to customers of Iliad’s newly launched cellular operator Free Mobile who are on the standard monthly unlimited tariff which costs EUR15.99 (USD21). The company has not revealed whether or not it plans to open up access to all Free Mobile customers, including those on the basic EUR2.00 monthly tariff.
Every Iliad home broadband user has an internet gateway dubbed the Freebox, and this box is configured to act as a public Wi-Fi hotspot for other Iliad customers within range. Iliad says there are now more than four million of these community hotspots across France. While Free Mobile subscribers now receive faster internet access via Wi-Fi than is available on the mobile network, Iliad also benefits by offloading data traffic from mobile onto fixed networks.