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BT has unveiled a new feature on its Business Smart Hub that lets small firms offer free, fast and secure internet access to its customers.

The Guest Wi-Fi service is provided over a separate and distinct network, which means the risk of guest users accessing sensitive business data or installing malware on a firm's private network is eliminated.

In addition, businesses will not need to give out their password and log-in details to customers who want to use their Wi-Fi.

Furthermore, the fact the Wi-Fi is provided over a separate network prevents businesses from experiencing slower broadband performance, as guests will not be consuming their bandwidth.

Guests will not have to fill in a form in order to take advantage of the Wi-Fi service, as existing BT customers will be able to connect via the BT Wi-Fi app, while others can simply click "Get Online" when they are prompted by their device.

Mike Tomlinson, Managing Director for SMEs for BT Business and Public Sector, said: "Everyone, everywhere, now expects to get online for free when they’re out and about and making purchases. 

"We’ve listened to the concerns of small businesses, who in many cases were providing a free Wi-Fi service to their customers by sharing their password details."

Mr Tomlinson went on to state that by providing a Guest Wi-Fi service that is completely ring-fenced from companies' private networks, BT is also addressing cyber security and legal risks that might otherwise exist.

He added that smaller firms will benefit from greater security, content controls and improved broadband performance, while simultaneously giving their customers a faster and more convenient and secure way to get online each time they visit the business premises.

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