Some 25,000 people have signed up for Bezeq’s Free Wifi, the company announced this week, allowing them to surf at Internet hotspots around the country. And the program is likely to get a major boost in user numbers now that members of Bezeq’s “free wifi club” will be able to surf free at over a million hotspots in 160 countries around the world.
The benefit to those participating in Bezeq’s Free Wifi program comes as a result of the Israeli phone company’s arrangement with iPass, an international organization that provides wifi services in cities, malls, airports, schools, train stations, and other places. In addition, iPass is available on some flights in the United States.
The initial deal will provide free access for Bezeq Free Wifi customers through October 31, covering the fall holiday travel period. However, the arrangement could be extended, a Bezeq spokesperson said. Bezeq customers can access the iPass network using an app, which Bezeq provides for members of the program.
The Free Wifi program is open to Bezeq customers with a 5 megabit/second (5 mbps) and higher connection using a Bezeq router. Customers with connections between 5 and 100 mpbs “donate” 1 or 2 mbps to the program, and are able to surf the Internet using the Free Wifi network around the country at the same speed. Bezeq manages the network, remotely managing routers to carve out a separate segment of bandwidth for the Free Wifi network.
Source: Times of Israel