O2 has announced it will provide free Wi-Fi services to 1,200 McDonald's restaurants by the summer.
The five-year deal will see O2 take control of the provision and management of the Wi-Fi services in McDonald's outlets from The Cloud. Currently, around 750,000 customers use McDonald's Wi-FI each month.
The deal will also upgrade the service to meet the growing number of customers accessing its Wi-Fi networks, said Mark Fabes, McDonald's IT director.
"Growing numbers of professionals make use of our restaurant Wi-Fi 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," he said.
"For the three 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."
The firm said access to the hotspots would be managed through a sign-up process and would be free for both O2 and non-O2 customers.
Paul Miller, head of O2 Wi-Fi, said the deal proved the firm's push to provide free, seamless Wi-Fi in public locations was proving popular with businesses and consumers alike and that this was a major draw for McDonald's.
"McDonald's liked the fact our system is based around ensuring that customers can easily and quickly get on the service without having to pay and that the experience is the same in any location," he told V3.
"Because the system can detect a device's MAC [Media Access Control] address, it can automatically provide a connection to the service, helping customers easily get on the service without having to continually re-login in different locations."
The rollout is the latest in a series of projects by O2, including offering Wi-Fi services to restaurant chain Mitchells and Butlers, House of Fraser and the boroughs of Westminster, Kensington and Chelsea in London, set to be live in time for the London Olympics.
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