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A few announcements over the last week indicate further growth in the European hotspot market: Vodafone is chasing T-Mobile territory by partnering with The Cloud for hotspots in Germany. The Cloud says it plans to build a whopping 10,000 hotspots in Germany over the next four years. Vodafone already has 700 hotspots in Germany, The Cloud has 350 there, and T-Mobile has 4,500.
In more marketing-related news, iPass customers will be able to use Telenet’s hotspots in Belgium and soon Luxembourg. Telenet is working towards a goal of 1,000 hotspots by the end of this year.
Here in Ireland, Bitbuzz continues to make deals that are likely to help grow traffic on its network. The operator just made a deal with Nokia where customers that buy the Nokia 9500 Communicator from O2 get 25 hours of use per month for three months. Bitbuzz also has a roaming deal with O2 archrival Vodafone. [Press release should become available here at some point.]
Posted by nancyg at June 16, 2005 2:23 PM
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