More than 12k wi-fi hotspots are in Angus

Angus is now home to more than 12,800 BT wi-fi hotspots, joining the list of 464,700 hotspots that exist in Scotland alone.

The Scottish total is up from 320,000 in January last year, when the Angus share was 8,300.

Across the UK and Ireland the company has added more than 20,000 new hotspots each week over the past year, taking the total to five million.

BT saw more than 400 million connections across its wi-fi network in 2012/13 and latest figures show users’ online wi-fi time is increasing, with minutes more than tripling in the same period.

Brendan Dick, director of BT Scotland, said: “We are seeing growing use of our network as wi-fi users spend more time online and use more data.

People are now so confident and comfortable with their gadgets, we’ve had to meet the demand with more hotspots in a wider choice of places – on the high street and in thousands of neighbourhoods across the country.”

An incredible 13 petabytes of data (13 billion megabytes) were consumed across BT’s Wi-fi network during 2012/13.

The volume is the equivalent of downloading 3.9 billion MP3s, or non-stop streaming of The Hobbit in HD for 1,042 years. If you were to take smartphone photos placed side by side, this amount of data would be over 624,000 miles long or long enough to wrap around the equator twice.

BT’s own Wi-fi apps are also proving popular with almost two million downloads by BT Broadband customers.