O2 wins McDonalds Wi-Fi contract


Operator signs five year deal to provide free service to restaurant chain’s 1,200 UK outlets, taking over from previous provider The Cloud 

O2 has signed a five year deal to provide free Wi-Fi in McDonald’s 1,200 UK restaurants.

The operator said the service will switch from previous provider The Cloud in time for this summer’s festivities, including the London 2012 Olympic Games and Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

Both O2 and non-O2 customers will only need to sign up to use the free Wi-Fi service once and can then use it in any McDonald’s restaurant, or any of O2’s Wi-Fi hotspots.

The new deal strengthens the existing relationship that spans both mobile and services offered through O2’s media business.

It also adds to a number of new partnerships O2 Wi-Fi has struck, which include restaurant and pub operator Mitchells and Butlers, high street department store group House of Fraser, restaurant chain Tragus, Westminster Council and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

This year, O2 Wi-Fi has announced an additional 3,000 UK hotspots which it has added to its network.

O2 Wi-Fi managing director Gavin Franks 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 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.”

McDonald’s UK IT director Mark Fabes said: “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 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 to use when they visit us.”