If the concept of 'cloud' computing is going to be the next big thing, then it's a pity nobody told BT. From next week BT Openzone customers in the UK will be cut off from public wi-fi provided by The Cloud.net and will lose coverage at thousands of hotspots as a result. A deal between the two firms will come to an end at 9am on October 2, BT told Openzone users in an email. Both home and business broadband subscribers will be affected.

The Cloud said commercial negotiations with BT had failed, adding “It's disappointing for BT Openzone customers that they will no longer be able to benefit from the convenience of our hotspots – we are disappointed that BT could not reach acceptable commercial terms, though we are certain everyone will understand that our service partners O2, Orange, AT&T, iPass and many others are happy to do business with The Cloud.”

In its email BT said “It's a decision we haven't made lightly. While we know this affects the wi-fi coverage you might be used to, or hotspots you regularly visit, the great news is that because the availability of wi-fi from BT has grown significantly in the past year, we don't think you'll be too disadvantaged.” BT's customers will still have access to 3000 UK hotspots. (Guess somebody also forgot to tell BT that they no longer run a monopoly service.)