UPC Cablecom to extend Wi-Free nationally from October

UPC CablecomLiberty Global-owned Swiss cable operator UPC Cablecom is to extend its ‘Wi-Free’ free WiFi offering to the whole of Switzerland from October.

Under the Wi-Free service, Cablecom internet customers enable each other to surf the net whenever they want free of charge, and can already use the Horizon Go TV everywhere app to watch TV online when they are out and about.

The service makes use of the over 500,000 home WiFi clouds of its customers to enable other Cablecom subscribers to access the internet outside their homes. Wi-Free was piloted successfully in the city of St. Gallen from the end of January to the beginning of August.

From mid-September to the beginning of October, Cablecom will extend Wi-Free to the whole of Switzerland. By means of a software update, Wi-Free will be added to Cablecom internet customers’ WLAN modems. Following registration via the My UPC customer portal and initial login using a mobile device, this device will then connect to Wi-Free automatically.