O2 signs Wi-Fi deal with restaurant and pub chain


Three year deal will put free Wi-Fi hotspots into 1,600 outlets including branches of All Bar One and Harvester

O2 has signed a three year deal to provide free Wi-Fi at 1,600 restaurants and pubs run by Mitchells & Butlers, which operates brands including O’Neill’s, Harvester and All Bar One.

Both O2 customers and users on other networks will be able to use the Wi-Fi hotposts.

The firm’s 199 Harvester restaurants will be fitted with hotspots by this summer, with roll out to the remaining Mitchells & Butlers outlets scheduled for completion in October.

O2 Wifi managing director Gavin Franks said:  “Wifi should be about accessing the internet quickly, seamlessly and, most importantly, where people want to use it. That is why this partnership – with the leading operator of restaurants and pubs in the UK – is such an exciting one.”

O2 is also planning to offer additional features such as entertainment services and mobile payments through the hotspots.

Franks added: “Our business strategy is to show fresh thinking to enable new possibilities for our customers, and the hope is that users of O2 Wifi, be it in our partnered venues or through our outdoor hotspots, will now begin to enjoy the full, unrestrained potential of what wifi as a technology can offer.”

Mitchells & Butlers operations director Robin Young said: “Every day in each of our restaurants and pubs our people aim to provide great guest experiences and the availability of free wifi will give us a further opportunity to enhance this.

“We know from talking to them that free and easy to use wifi is something they want in the restaurant and pub environment.”