YORKSHIRE is becoming a hot-spot for Wi-Fi.
Telecoms giant BT said Wi-Fi users in the region can now take advantage of more than 205,000 Wi-Fi hotspots – almost three times the number of less than two years ago.
The rapidly expanding BT network – the largest in the UK – now has more than 3m UK hotspots in homes, independent businesses and city centres.
Access is free to more than 5m BT Broadband customers, plus users of iPads, iPhones, iTouch, Android, Samsung and Blackberry devices and smartphones through other BT partnership agreements.
The rapid expansion mirrors the rise in the use of smartphones which are quickly catching up with laptops and PCs as the consumer’s Wi-Fi device of choice.
John Anderson, BT’s regional director for Yorkshire, said: “BT is already leading the charge in broadband services with the roll out of faster speeds across Yorkshire and the Humber and the rapid growth of Wi-Fi hotspots increases the ways consumers and businesses can get online.
“This is fantastic news for the region and another example of major investment by BT in the country’s communications network. This huge growth in the number of hotspots takes flexible working from the home to wherever you need to be and brings the internet right to your fingertips.
“Consumers are using their devices for both work and leisure with hotspots making it possible to shop, game and enjoy a variety of applications when out and about.”
Said Mr Anderson: “For small businesses in Yorkshire and the Humber, Wi-Fi is a great low or no-cost way of working remotely, staying in touch with customers, suppliers and staff and accessing real time travel information quickly from any wireless PC, tablet or smartphone.”