Tuesday, September 18, 2012

O2 Plans 15,000 Free Wi-Fi Hotspots in UK


O2 has selected Cisco to be a key technology provider for its public Wi-Fi network across the UK.  

Rollout of the network has already begun using Cisco Aironet 3500 Series Access Points with "CleanAir" capability, which detects interference, identifyies and locates its source and then makes automatic adjustments to help ensure a high-quality service.  The network will also use the Cisco 887 Integrated Services Router.  The Cisco Wireless LAN Controller will monitor and manage the high volume of wireless access points. 
O2 Wifi is expected cover 15,000 UK locations over the next two years.  The service is available free of charge to customers on any mobile network. The business model is supported by sponsored landing pages and O2 has already signed Unilever as an initial backer.
 Telef√≥nica O2 UK Limited is a leading communications company for consumers and businesses in the UK, with 22.2 million mobile customers and over 700,000 fixed broadband customers as at 31 December 2011.

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