Eircom lights up 300th hotspot


3 Jun 2005

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Eircom revealed this afternoon that it has launched its 300th wireless local area network (WLAN) hotspot with the addition of Lansdowne Road to its network of hotspots.

The hotspot, which goes live tomorrow for Ireland’s world cup qualifier with Israel, will be located in the Lansdowne Road pressroom, enabling journalists and photographers to send copy and photos via broadband.

Eircom also has hotspots located at other major Irish sporting venues, including Croke Park and the K-Club. The company said that it is committed to rolling hotspots out in a number of Eircom league grounds over the coming months.

The 300 hotspot sites located across every county in Ireland, include three airports (Shannon, Knock and Donegal); over 150 premier hotels, restaurants, bars and resorts; and more than a 140 public payphones throughout the country.

Information on hotspot use is available at each location while all enabled payphones are equipped with a free, pre-recorded message offering instructions to customers. Earlier this month the company was chosen to provide wireless hotspots at Dublin Airport.

The cost of a monthly subscription to access all of the eircom broadband hotpots is now €10 (ex VAT) for eircom broadband customers and €25 (ex VAT) for eircom’s fixed line customers. This means that eircom customers can now avail of unlimited broadband access at any of company’s 300 public hotspots from 0.35c per day.

By John Kennedy