Virgin mulls nationwide WiFi

Virgin Media is mulling the idea of creating a nationwide WiFi network to compete with rival BT. It said it had been inspired by cable operators who have launched WiFi in other parts of the globe.

The cable broadband firm admitted it would be a “massive undertaking” and that no firm plans have yet been drawn up. But it said it could offer a better alternative to 3G networks for those who crave data on the move.

“We are looking at way to converge data services. 3G networks are reaching a capacity crunch and WiFi could offload traffic and offer a vastly superior overall throughput,” said a Virgin Media spokesman. “People are using a variety of services and there is a sheer desire for data wherever people are.”

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