The Cloud (company)

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The Cloud
IndustryPublic access Wi-Fi
FoundedJanuary 2003; 18 years ago (2003-01)
Number of locations
Area served
United Kingdom
Key people
Vince Russell
(Managing Director)
Number of employees
ParentSky UK
(Sky Group)

The Cloud is a provider of public access Wi-Fi hotspots in the United Kingdom and is a member of the Wireless Broadband Alliance.[1] It has over 22,000 Wi-Fi hotspots network access points in the UK.[2]

The Cloud has offices in St Albans, Munich, and Stockholm.


Year Event
Jan 2003 The Cloud is founded
Mar 2003 The Cloud's network begins roll-out
Apr 2003 BT Openzone becomes the first Service Provider on the Cloud network
May 2003 Network reaches 1000 sites
Dec 2003 The Cloud wins the Brainheart European Wi-Fi Award 2003
Jan 2005 Roll out begins in Nordics
Sep 2004 Integrated WLAN and 3G service launched for O2
Feb 2005 Airnyx acquired in Germany
May 2005 Roll out begins in Germany
July 2005 Net Chek-In acquired in Germany
Sept 2005 Exilan acquired
Dec 2005 The World Economic Forum Announces New Class of Technology Pioneers for 2006: The Cloud Networks Selected
Dec 2005 Canova Wireless acquired in the UK
Apr 2006 iPass joins the network
Sep 2006 Telenor partners with The Cloud Nordics
Jan 2007 Steve Nicholson joins the Cloud as CEO
Oct 2007 McDonald's takes free Wi-Fi mainstream with The Cloud
Jan 2008 Acquisition of hotel Wi-Fi specialist GANAG in Germany
Oct 2008 €17 million funding round from Ferd Ventures, existing investors and GP Bullhound
Dec 2008 Roll out new user centric service platform
Jun 2009 The Company moves its UK Headquarters to St Albans
Sep 2009 Cloud network locator launched for the iPhone
Oct 2009 Launch of new Palm Pre mobile smartphone with the Cloud / O2
Jan 2010 Naunton Dickins joins the company as UK Managing Director
Jan 2010 FastConnect is launched to make Wi-Fi universally simple
Jan 2011 Acquired by BSkyB[3]
Aug 2011 The Cloud becomes exclusive free hotspot provider for Telefónica Germany [4]
Feb 2012 Telefónica O2 UK discontinues free access to The Cloud for customers on unlimited Wi-Fi contracts
April 2012 Sky starts offering free wireless internet to Sky Broadband customers in the UK via The Cloud [5]


  • 2003 – 2007: George Polk
  • 2007 – 2011: Steve Nicholson
  • 2011 – 2014: Vince Russell


  1. ^ "About Us". The Cloud.
  2. ^ "When in Roam". The Cloud.
  3. ^ "The Cloud to become part of the BSkyB Group". UK: The Cloud / BSkyB. January 2011.
  4. ^ o2 starts offering The Cloud Wi-Fi to business customers, retrieved on September 12, 2011
  5. ^

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