Friday 20 October 2017

UPC to create vast new wi-fi network using customers' own set-top boxes

ALL FIRED UP: Plans are afoot for UPC to create a revolutionary wi-fi network using set-top boxes already in customers’ homes. They’ve also inked new TV deals, including one with kids’ network Cartoonito, home of Fireman Sam
ALL FIRED UP: Plans are afoot for UPC to create a revolutionary wi-fi network using set-top boxes already in customers’ homes. They’ve also inked new TV deals, including one with kids’ network Cartoonito, home of Fireman Sam
Nick Webb

Nick Webb

UPC is poised to roll out the biggest new wi-fi development in the State through the innovative use of its customers' television set-top boxes.

The company plans to use the modems in these set-top boxes to provide wi-fi for customers outside the house.

Splitting the modem will not affect the broadband speeds for its customers.

Under the scheme, UPC customers who agree to let their set-top boxes be used for wi-fi will receive free wi-fi on the entire network. The scheme is part of a major new investment and product launch programme led by new chief executive Magnus Ternsjo.

UPC has already indicated that it is examining plans to offer mobile services to its customer base.

The telecoms and media firm is also ramping up its TV content, with a number of recent high-profile rights deals. Last week the firm inked an agreement to offer kids TV channel Cartoonito on its network, bringing the likes of 'Fireman Sam', 'Bananas in Pyjamas' and 'LazyTown' into living rooms.

Irish Independent

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