Belgacom follows in the footsteps of the likes of British Telecom, which offers customers access to three million domestic hotspots, as operators increasingly turn to Wi-Fi as a point of differentiation for their fixed-line broadband services.
Belgacom deploys 500K Wi-Fi hotspots
Belgian incumbent Belgacom plans to offer half a million free Wi-Fi hotspots to its customers by end-2012, with the first 100,000 due to be online by the close of 2011.
The operator today detailed its plan to deploy the hotspot network in conjunction with Spanish Wi-Fi firm Fon. The Belgian network will be available to all Belgacom’s fixed broadband subscribers, who will have their Wi-Fi modems configured by Fon to operate in a semi-public mode.
A Belgacom press statement offers assurances the public and private elements of home hotspots “are completely separate,” and that sharing the connection is “completely safe.” Customers can opt-out of enabling the public access, however they sacrifice access to the nationwide network when doing so.