O2 UK and BT Deal to end Wi-Fi sharing deal

3 Jun 2013

UK mobile network operator O2 UK is reportedly ending its four-year Wi-Fi hotspot sharing agreement with fixed line incumbent, the BBC reports. It is understood that, with the cellco having informed customers of the development via e-mail, when the deal between O2 and BT ends on 30 June 2013 the former will lose around one-third of its current Wi-Fi hotspot network; while BT has some five million hotspots across the country, O2 has said that only 4,200 of these were ever shared with its customers. A statement from O2 on the matter noted: ‘From 1 July 2013, we will no longer offer access to BT Openzone Wi-Fi hotspots to our customers … We’ll continue to extend the reach and scale of O2 Wi-Fi through exciting partnerships with venues including O2 shops, restaurants, retail outlets and outdoor and indoor locations across the UK.’

United Kingdom, BT Group (incl. Openreach), O2 UK