By Maximilian Clarke

BT have announced hundreds of thousands of new Wi-Fi hotspots for their rapidly expanding BT network.

205,000 have been created in Yorkshire and the Humber and 99,000 in the North East, with a further 170,000 in Wales.

Today’s expansion brings the total to in excess of 3 million, and can be found in homes, businesses and public spaces across the UK

“This is fantastic news for the county and another example of major investment by BT in the country’s communications network,” commented BT’s regional director for Yorkshire and the Humber. “This huge growth in the number of hotspots takes flexible working from the home to wherever you need to be and brings the internet right to your fingertips.

“For small businesses … Wi-Fi is a great low or no-cost way of working remotely, staying in touch with customers, suppliers and staff and accessing real time travel information quickly, from any wireless PC, tablet or smartphone,” added a BT spokesperson.

Sue Morris, of the Federation of Small Businesses, North Wales, said: "Public Wi-Fi provides crucial support for business across North Wales and particularly for smaller companies. The extra coverage announced today is a positive growth enabler for these firms and is something we very much welcome.”

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