Virgin Media plan to rival BT's WiFi network
Virgin Media is planning to create a huge Wi-Fi network in an attempt to rival BT. Virgin are hoping to follow the lead of American firm Cablevision, who created thousands of Wi-Fi hotspots on the back of its network in New York.
"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," Kevin Baughan, said Virgin's director of advanced technology. "It takes the sheer power of the cable broadband network and puts it where people need it."
Virgin will place routers alongside street cabinets to create the Wi-Fi network, which look like they'll be free for Virgin customers. It is unlikely that the speeds will be as fast as their domestic service, but still. Better than nothing right?
BT's Openzone Wi-Fi network recently claimed to have added its two millionth hotspot in the UK, so Virgin have got some work to do if they want to compete in that field.