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July 30, 2009

Quiconnect and BT Openzone Extend Current Partnership for Another Three Years
By Anil Sharma
TMCnet Contributor

Quiconnect, a provider of connectivity management solutions for wireless broadband, and BT Openzone, a UK and Ireland wireless broadband supplier, reportedly have extended their current partnership for another three years.

As part of the pact, Quiconnect will continue to link the BT (News - Alert) Openzone network with targeted, secure wireless broadband networks across the globe, operating an “interconnection hub.”
BT Openzone officials said that this boosts the number of international public hotspots the company users can access and allows other operators to provide their customers with access to the BT Openzone Wi-Fi network.
Officials said that BT provides Wi-Fi access at 3,500 UK and Ireland locations including 12 major city centres, the Hilton, Thistle and Ramada Jarvis hotel chains, BA and Skyteam lounges, Caffe Nero (News - Alert) and Starbucks coffee stores, motorway service areas and marinas.
The service is also available at 55,000 international hotspots through roaming agreements with other global network operators facilitated by Quiconnect (News - Alert).

Quiconnect and BT Openzone have been partners since 2005. Quiconnect has since established a live interconnection with over 20 carriers in 14 countries. It will continue to develop partnerships, providing BT Openzone users with an even better choice of locations.
“We are delighted to continue our partnership with BT Openzone as a wireless broadband leader and innovator.  Quiconnect continues to provide a similar service to over 40 partners worldwide,” said Jeff Mabe, vice president, global sales and marketing, in a statement.
Mabe said that BT Openzone’s renewed commitment allows Quiconnect the opportunity for continued development and testing of new and exciting tools, technology and processes that demonstrates our credibility in all areas of wireless connectivity. 
“Through Quiconnect we’ve added more international hotspots to our network in places where our customers want access. Our partnership allows us to provide an even better choice of locations.  We look forward to announcing more partner interconnections and hotspots this year,” said Marjorie Leonidas, head of BT international roaming and wholesale partners.

Anil Sharma is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anil’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Jessica Kostek


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