O2 launches 21Mbps mobile Wi-Fi hotspot

31 Aug 2011

Mobile operator O2 has launched a 21Mbps version of its Hotshot mi-fi device that allows users to create a mobile Wi-Fi zone wherever they go.

The device allows up to five devices, including smartphones, laptops and tablets, to simultaneously share a mobile broadband connection and connect to the internet.

O2 is the first operator to bring the 21 Mbps Hotshot to the market in Ireland.

The 21Mbps network is already live in urban centres – including Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway, Waterford and Sligo –- and in a number of regional towns, while a further 38 towns around the country will be upgraded to 21Mbps later this year.

“The response to our original O2 Hotshot, which we launched last October, has been great,” said Alan Fox, head of consumer marketing at Telefónica Ireland.

“And as we continue to roll out our high speed broadband network, we want to bring these significantly faster download and uplink speeds to mobile internet customers.

“The new O2 Hotshot is a simple way for consumers and business customers to get instant Wi-Fi and stay connected across a range of devices. Now you don’t need to seek out a designated area to access the internet, with the O2 Hotshot you bring your Wi-Fi with you,” Fox said.

The 21 Mbps Hotshot is available in O2 stores from 1 September, 2011. Pricing for the device is from €49 on Billpay, and €129.99 on Prepay.

The device is compatible with Windows, Mac and Linux and includes a free cradle charger.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years