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O2 Will Provide Free Wi-Fi To McDonalds

O2 has just announced a five year deal to provide free wi-fi to McDonald's restaurants up and down the country.

In total, there are 1,200 McDonald's restaurants in the UK which O2 will be supplying with wi-fi this summer, before the Olympics comes to town. The fast food chain already boasts wi-fi, and has done since 2007 - however, this will be a change of provider, from The Cloud to O2.

In order to take advantage of the service there's no need to be an O2 customer, and the network operator notes that McDonald's patrons will only need to sign up once, and will then be able to use the free Wi-Fi hotspots in any restaurant (or indeed any of O2's hotspots).

Gavin Franks, Managing Director of O2 Wi-Fi, commented: "A year ago we set out our ambition to transform public Wi-Fi in the UK by offering a fast and reliable public Wi-Fi connection that is genuinely free for all, no matter which mobile or broadband provider they are with. This announcement builds on the significant partnerships already secured by O2 Wi-Fi in the past 12 months, enabling millions of people the length and breadth of the UK to access the internet for free whilst on the move."

Mark Fabes, IT Director at McDonald's UK, noted: "Recent figures showed that a staggering 750,000 McDonald's customers are logging on in our restaurants each month and we are always looking for ways to improve our customer experience. For the 3 million people we serve in our restaurants each day we believe that O2's mobile expertise and enhanced quality of network connectivity will deliver a fast, safe and secure service for our customers to use when they visit us."

Darren Allan

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