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Mitchells & Butlers to offer free Wi-Fi

Friday March 16 2012

Deal with hospitality operator will provide free O2 Wi-Fi to 1,600 UK restaurants and pubs

Mitchells & Butlers this week revealed it has signed a three-year agreement with O2 for the mobile operator to provide free Wi-Fi across its 13 brands including Harvester, Toby Carvery, Vintage Inns, Browns, All Bar One and O’Neill’s.

The deal will see O2 Wi-Fi hotspots roll out to Mitchells & Butlers’ 1,600 UK restaurants and pubs, offering guests access to free Wi-Fi. The first hotspots will be initially rolled out to 199 Harvester restaurants by early summer, with rollout to the remaining restaurants and pubs completed by October this year.

Plans to extend services in future

O2’s premium Wi-Fi hotspots are accessed through a sign-up process and are free to both O2 and non-O2 mobile customers. The provider added that its hotspots will soon also allow people to access additional services, including entertainment and mobile payments.

Robin Young, Mitchells & Butlers operations director, said: “Every day in each of our restaurants and pubs our people aim to provide great guest experiences and the availability of free Wi-Fi will give us a further opportunity to enhance this. Whether guests visit us to relax over breakfast, brunch or dinner, work away from the office, or have a beer with friends and colleagues, we know from talking to them that free and easy to use Wi-Fi is something they want in the restaurant and pub environment.”

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