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T-Mobile strengthens airport Wi-Fi offering through

new deal with Manchester Airports Group

Key points

n       T-Mobile HotSpot now live at Manchester Airport

n       To be rolled out across all four of Manchester Airport Group’s UK airports

n       Laptop stations to be rolled out throughout the airports in the coming months

n       T-Mobile builds on existing Wi-Fi HotSpot service at all major UK airports, including Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted

London, UK 6th December, 2005: Manchester Airports Group has today announced that it has selected T-Mobile as its chosen partner to provide Wi-Fi access throughout its four airports across the UK.

T-Mobile is the only UK mobile operator with a wholly-owned Wi-Fi network, offering over 900 hotspots in the UK, 14,000 hotspots worldwide, a seamless service across much of Europe, and seamless transatlantic Wi-Fi roaming.  This agreement follows a similar deal with the British Airports Authority (BAA) which ensures that over 120 million travellers can connect to the T-Mobile HotSpot service at airports such as Heathrow and Gatwick.

The HotSpot service at Manchester Airport went live on 1st December, and is one of the most extensive Wi-Fi services in any UK airport. The service provides wireless internet access in all customer seating areas as well as the majority of business lounges. 

Wi-Fi access will be rolled out across the Group’s three additional UK airports in Nottingham East Midlands, Bournemouth and Humberside. As well as providing wireless internet access, T-Mobile will be installing laptop stations, which include power sockets and instructions on how to use the service, throughout all four airports over the coming months. T-Mobile and Manchester Airports Group are keen to make using laptops at these airports a more convenient experience for travellers.

T-Mobile recently launched a new unlimited use tariff for using T-Mobile HotSpots, which is aimed at business professionals on the move who need to stay connected. For £23.50 (inc VAT) per month1, customers will get unlimited use at hundreds of T-Mobile HotSpot sites across the UK2.

Travellers that have a T-Mobile data card can use the Wi-Fi service to get seamless high-speed internet access on their laptops or alternatively use the HotSpot service with many of T-Mobile’s latest PDA devices such as the MDA Pro and MDA Vario, both of which allow broadband speed access to the internet and email.  These are ideal for business travellers that need to be connected at all times, but do not want to carry a laptop.

“We are committed to providing Wi-Fi access across the UK to enable people to access the internet where they want, when they want,” says Simon Ainslie, T-Mobile UK Director of Business Sales. “By partnering with the Manchester Airports Group to provide Wi-Fi throughout its four UK national airports, we are ensuring that travellers can make the best use of their downtime whilst waiting for flights whether for personal or work purposes alike.”

Martin Smith, Head of Group Information Services at Manchester Airport says: “This is great news for business passengers traveling through Manchester and the other regional airports in the Manchester Airports Group. The partnership with T-Mobile to provide wireless technology means that more than ever before, business doesn’t have to stop when travellers reach our airports.”

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Manchester Airport Press Office        Tel:              +44 (0) 161 489 2700
                                                          Email: press.office@manairport.co.uk

Notes to editors
1Payment is by direct debit. A £3 monthly charge applies for processing payments by methods other than direct debit.
Customers will also be able to use the service at BT Openzone Wi-Fi locations with his plan – roaming charges will apply.

About T-Mobile
T-Mobile International is one of the world’s leading companies in mobile communications. As one of Deutsche Telekom`s three strategic business units, T-Mobile concentrates on the most dynamic markets in Europe and the United States.

By Q3 2005, about 83 million customers were served in nine T-Mobile markets.
And all that over a common technology platform based on GSM, the world’s most successful digital wireless standard. This also makes T-Mobile the only mobile communications provider with a seamless transatlantic service.

T-Mobile also is partner of FreeMove, an alliance formed by four of Europe’s leading mobile companies - Orange, Telefónica Móviles, TIM (Telecom Italia Mobile) and T-Mobile – to help their customers communicate as easily while travelling abroad as they do at home.

For more information about T-Mobile UK, please visit www.t-mobile.co.uk

About T-Mobile’s HotSpot Wi-Fi network

·         Internationally, T-Mobile has access to over 14,000 HotSpots across Europe and USA:

o        Over 6450 across the USA

o        Over 7550 across Europe

o        Over 3800 across Europe through roaming agreements such as BT, Telecom Italia and Swisscom

·         Currently over 900 T-Mobile HotSpots available in the UK:

  • Over 300 Starbucks coffee houses in most major town and cities across the UK

  • Almost 300 Texaco roadside service stations on the UK’s major road routes

  • All BAA Airports in UK. International departure lounges at Heathrow Terminals 1-4, Gatwick North and South, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Stansted and Southampton.

  • American Airlines, United Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlines, Virgin and Japanese Airlines (Heathrow Terminal 3) BMI (Glasgow and Edinburgh airports) and Virgin & US Airways (Gatwick South)

  • Over 150 Hotels , including Starwood hotels, Macdonald Hotels and various selected independent hotels

  • On the Brighton Express trainline (operated by Southern) between London Victoria and Brighton

  • Borders Bookstores

A complete list of T-Mobile UK HotSpot locations is available online at: www.t-mobile.co.uk/hotspot

About Manchester Airports Group
Manchester Airport is part of The Manchester Airports Group Plc (MAG), which is the second largest airport operator in the UK and comprises the airports of Manchester, Nottingham East Midlands, Bournemouth and Humberside.

Manchester Airport is the UK’s busiest regional airport, handling over 22 million passengers a year, with over 100 airlines flying to over 200 destinations.

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