Comcast and Liberty Global have recently struck a deal allowing users to access each other’s Wi-Fi networks. This agreement will provide millions of new global Wi-Fi access points to customers of Xfinity internet and Liberty Global internet by 2015.
Throughout the U.S., Comcast has more than three million Xfinity WiFi hotspots. Liberty Global, under the names Wi-Free and WifiSpots, has more than 2.5 million Wi-Fi home spots throughout Europe. Both companies are working to grow their Wi-Fi footprint and agree out-of-home Wi-Fi is an essential Internet service. Their deal will allow customers a free alternative to data roaming when travelling from the U.S. to various countries in Europe, and vice versa.
“We are delighted to join forces with Comcast to begin building worldwide Wi-Fi connectivity and we hope that this will create interest from other cable operators to join us,” said Balan Nair, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Liberty Global, in an interview.
This collaboration between two internet leaders from different continents accentuates the fact customers use the same technology and same devices to access Wi-Fi all over the world, and reflects the benefits of global-scale Internet innovation. Comcast and Liberty Global plan to trial the Wi-Fi service in late 2014, going full-scale in 2015.