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UPC trials Horizon Wi-Free service

UPC Ireland to create network of new free WiFi hotspots for customers

UPC is trialling their new Horizon Wi-Free service in Limerick that will mean customers can freely access WiFi when in a participating UPC broadband home.

The service will be accessible without a password and will use the company’s fibre-power network without compromising the homeowner’s broadband speed, data usage or security.

The Horizon Wi-Free service is effectively a separate secure network that provides superfast broadband and around 10,000 customers will be able to access the hot spots.

Up to five people will be able to connect to a hot spot at any one time, while UPC hopes to roll out the service so that it is available across more than 150,000 locations by summer 2014.

The service means there is no need for people to ask for WiFi passwords or to use their own 3G or 4G if they are in a UPC customer’s home.

Once a device is connected, it will automatically connect every time that the person is in range of the hot spot.

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