Bitbuzz boosts Wi-Fi hotspots by 30%


IRISH WIRELESS internet company Bitbuzz increased the number of hotspots that could receive its service by 30 per cent in 2011. It now provides Wi-Fi in more than 100 hotels with about 8,000 bedrooms across Ireland and Britain.

New contracts secured in 2011 included with Costa Coffee, Clane Hospital, Dublin’s Fresh and Eurospar stores, Leeds Bradford Airport and Elegant English Hotels and Kensington Rooms.

Bitbuzz now has 320 hotspots in Ireland and Britain, up from 245 at the end of 2010.

The company is achieving about 250,000 logins a month currently, compared with 99,657 at the end of 2010.

“It is encouraging to know that despite a challenging economic environment, we still increased our number of hotspots,” managing director Shane Deasy told The Irish Times.

“This continued growth reflects the increased popularity of smartphones. Logins by smartphone users now stands at just under 40 per cent of our total Wi-Fi usage.”

Mr Deasy said Bitbuzz’s aim for 2012 was to “continue to develop our presence” in Ireland and Britain.

Bitbuzz increased its revenues by 17 per cent to €1.1 million in 2010, closing that year with 355,590 registered users.