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O2 signs five year deal to provide free wifi for McDonald’s


By The Drum Team | Editorial

April 3, 2012 | 2 min read

O2 has today announced that it has signed a five year deal to provide wifi for free at McDonald’s UK restaurants.

Gavin Franks, MD of O2 Wifi, said: “A year ago we set out our ambition to transform public wifi in the UK by offering a fast and reliable public wifi 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 Wifi 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.”

People will need to sign up to the service for their first use, then will be able to access the wifi in McDonald’s restaurant, or any of O2’s Wifi hotspots, at any time.

Mark Fabes, IT director for McDonald’s UK, said: “When we launched our wifi service in 2007 McDonald’s became the UK’s biggest provider of free wireless internet access. Since then usage has soared, with growing numbers of professionals making use of our restaurant wifi for business meetings and remote working, as well as families and individuals being able to use the network to check emails, shop online or keep up to date with the latest news.

“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.”

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