Bitbuzz increases Wi-Fi hotspots
Posted on January 4th, 2012
Ireland’s leading wireless internet (Wi-Fi) operator Bitbuzz now has 320 hotspots across Ireland, increasing from 245 in December of 2010.
The increase can be attributed to Bitbuzz’s increased presence in the hotel industry with the operator providing services in 100 hotels across the UK and Ireland.
The increased number of hotspots and in hotel usage has resulted in a significant growth in the total number of logins per month for Bitbuzz, which is now just over 250,000. This is a 40% increase in monthly logins compared with the 99,657 logins per month recorded at the end of 2010. Logins per day hit 10,000 in 2011.
Bitbuzz has also recently completed the rollout of Wi-Fi to all of the Costa Coffee stores in Ireland and Northern Ireland.
Since Bitbuzz’s first Costa site went live in Belfast City Airport, over 90,000 people have connected in Costa stores throughout Ireland with Bitbuzz throughout Ireland and regulars have come to expect Bitbuzz Wi-Fi access within all Costa stores. Now 15 more stores are finishing upgrade to Bitbuzz Wi-Fi completing the Irish estate of 56 Costa stores.
Costa customers throughout Ireland can now enjoy 20 minutes of complimentary Wi-Fi with their purchase, while store employees can utilise easy and reliable connectivity for their tills and stock ordering systems.
“It is encouraging to know that, despite a very challenging economic environment, we still increased our number of hotspots. This continued growth reflects the increased popularity of smartphones; logins by smartphone users now stands at just under 40% of our total Wi-Fi usage in Ireland and the UK.”
“In terms of 2012, our aim is to continue to develop our presence throughout Ireland and the UK, through the provision of a technically superior, accessible and good value Wi-Fi service,” said Shane Deasy, Managing Director, Bitbuzz.
Connect with caution
A new batch of spam emails are circulating in which the contents have been translated into Irish, confirming the recipient was to receive €450,000 in a Spanish lottery win.
“To make it all seem more credible, they went to the effort of translating it ‘as Gaeilge’ as well. If all .ie domain mails ere targeted then as many as 10 million spam emails could have been pumped out.
“Translating it ‘as Gaelige’ is sure to strike a certain chord of credibility to many Irish users and playing along in this case means sending your private info to the crooks,” said Urban Schrott from ESET, an antrivirus company in Wexford.
Research from the National Consumer Agency found that one in 10 people hand money or personal details over to scam artists.