Esat BT to deploy Wi-Fi at five Maxol stations


8 Dec 2004

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Five key Maxol forecourts in Kildare, Limerick, Belfast and Antrim will now be able to provide Wi-Fi toting business road warriors with broadband services.

The service will be available at Maxol service stations at Sallins Rd. in Naas, Co. Kildare, Carrigaline in Cork, Dooradoyle in Limerick, Antrim Road in Belfast and Glengormley in Co. Antrim.

The news follows a similar development whereby Wi-Fi service provider is deploying services at Statoil stations up and down the country.

The addition of these key Maxol Service Stations extends Esat BT’s growing number of BT Openzone locations to over 150 sites across Ireland, including airports, hotels, car show rooms, coffee shops and conference centres. BT Openzone customers in Ireland also have the advantage of being able to access over 7,000 sites through the BT Openzone network in the UK, and 20,000 more sites in Europe and the US through BT’s roaming partners.

Esat BT recently launched BTb-line, a pre-paid communications card that allows customers the choice of multiple communication services including BT Openzone Wi-Fi, International dial-up Internet access, International phonecalls and SMS messaging without the limitation of an expiry date. Priced at €10, the card operates under a ‘Pay As You Go’ pricing model that can be topped up easily by credit card.

In July, Esat BT consolidated its current subscription packages into a single, new €40 monthly subscription tariff that reduces the cost by as much as 70 per cent, meets the needs of the majority of Wi-Fi users and substantially expands the availability of the service.

Commenting on the development, Fergal Harrington, brand development manager for Maxol, said: “We see Wi-Fi as a differentiating service, which our network can offer in addition to motor fuel and convenience shopping and expect it to draw an increasing number of customers to our stations.”

By John Kennedy