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BT has extended its public wireless broadband network to three million Wi-Fi hotspots, it has been announced.

The broadband provider said it had continued to "rapidly expand" its network, which consisted of just two million access points as recently as December 2010.

A large proportion of BT Wi-Fi hotspots are located in London and the south-east of England, but other regions are quickly catching up.

In the south-west, there are now 330,000 wireless broadband hotspots - three times as many as in 2010.

Jon Reynolds, BT's South-West Regional Director, said BT is "leading the charge" in broadband services with the rollout of faster speeds.

"The rapid growth of Wi-Fi hotspots increases the ways consumers and businesses can get online," he stated.

"This is fantastic news for the region and another example of major investment by BT in the country’s communications network.

Mr Reynolds said the huge growth in the number of hotspots is helping to take flexible working from the home to wherever people need to be.

"Consumers are using their devices for both work and leisure with hotspots making it possible to shop, game and enjoy a variety of applications when out and about," he added.

"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."

Last year, BT launched a free mobile application that helps connect BT home broadband customers with an iPad to its network of hotspots.

This gives BT subscribers free and unlimited Wi-Fi and provides a mapping service to show where the nearest hotspots are located.

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