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Bouygues Telecom Teams Up With Devicescape to Offer Customers Free Automatic Connection to Over 8 Million Free WiFi Hotspots Worldwide, Complementing 3G+ CoverageCustomers With an Android Smartphone Will Enjoy an Even More Seamless Mobile Internet Experience, in Addition to 3G+ Coverage; Thanks to Devicescape Technology, Customer Devices Will Automatically Connect to Free, Quality Hotspots Nearby (June 11, 2012)
SAN BRUNO, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 06/11/12 -- The new service is based on Devicescape's virtual network of WiFi hotspots. This is the largest virtual network in the world, with over 8 million free public hotspots that are curated to guarantee quality and bandwidth. The service is activated when a Bouygues Telecom customer's Android smartphone is within range of one of the hotspots. The switch is automatic and transparent to the user. With this new service, Bouygues Telecom offers its customers a better mobile Internet experience, complementing its 3G+ network and providing speeds up to 42 Mbit/s(1).
As the Devicescape virtual network comprises millions of hotspots around the world, Bouygues Telecom customers can also use it outside France for bandwidth-hungry applications such as video, social media or web surfing, all without any extra cost.
The new service joins the exclusive B-WiFi application, available shortly to all Bouygues Telecom and B&YOU customers with Android smartphones. The application provides smart management of 3G+ and WiFi networks, automatically connecting the phone to the best available network. Olivier Roussat, Chief Executive Officer of Bouygues Telecom, said: "France has one of the world's most dynamic telecommunications markets, characterised by extremely rapid growth in high-speed mobile networks, massive take-up of smartphones and high-volume data allotments in most mobile plans. Our partnership with Devicescape lets us accommodate growing data traffic on our networks more efficiently and offer our customers an enhanced mobile experience and, above all, free mobile data abroad. The speed at which Devicescape is expanding its network of virtual hotspots was a key factor in our choice, since we can make this solution immediately available to our customers, so they can use it during the summer vacation."
John Lillie, Vice President, EMEA of Devicescape, said: "The very nature of the French market pushes operators to be innovative and pioneering in order to attract and retain their customers. By providing WiFi access for its customers wherever they are, Bouygues Telecom gains a major competitive advantage."
Devicescape, The WiFi Offload Company, connects more devices to more WiFi hotspots than any other offload service because Devicescape manages the largest virtual network of hotspots worldwide. Devicescape, which serves mobile operators with advanced WiFi solutions, is headquartered in California, privately held by leading venture capital companies including Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, August Capital, JAFCO Ventures, and Enterprise Partners. Online at www.devicescape.com.
About Bouygues Telecom
As a full-service electronic communications operator (mobile, fixed, TV and internet), Bouygues Telecom stands out for its innovative offers and award-winning customer relations, serving its 10.9 million mobile customers and 1.3 million fixed broadband customers, which including more than 1.5 million corporate and professional customers.
Bouygues Telecom is committed to continually enhancing the customer experience: each day, the company's 9,800 employees develop solutions aligned with changing customer needs and deliver efficient support.
After pioneering the mobile talk-plan concept in France in 1996, Bouygues Telecom introduced groundbreaking unlimited call plans: Millennium (1999) and Neo (2006).
In 2007, Bouygues Telecom launched the first fixed/mobile convergence offer for corporate customers.
Bouygues Telecom acquired its own fixed network in 2008 and became an Internet Service Provider (ISP), launching the Bbox broadband router.
In 2009, Bouygues Telecom invented the "all-in-one" solution with ideo, the first quadruple play offer in the market.
In 2010, Bouygues Telecom launched Bbox fibre, its very-high-speed offer and began investing in Fibre-To-The-Home in high-density areas.
In July 2011, Bouygues Telecom invented mobile telephony 2.0 with B&YOU, the first SIM-only offer available exclusively online.
Bouygues Telecom's mobile network covers 99% of the population. Its 3G+ network provides mobile Internet access for 94% of the population, up to 3.6 Mbit/s and up to 42 Mbit/s in the largest towns and cities.
In 2012, Bouygues Telecom was once again awarded with "NF Service" certification by French standards agency Afnor Certification for the service quality of its customer relations centres for its consumer and corporate activities (mobile and fixed).
A distribution network of 650 Club Bouygues Telecom stores, 2,000 customer advisers, 2,500 sales advisers and its websites combine to ensure optimum customer service.
(1) Maximum theoretical downlink speed. 50% of the French population covered by 30 June 2012. Full details available at bouyguestelecom.fr.
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