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Broadband provider O2 is planning to extend its free public Wi-Fi service, it has been revealed.

The firm intends to "rapidly build" the coverage of its wireless broadband hotspot network, which was launched in January 2011.

O2 has appointed Ben Mein as Head of Commercial Delivery for the project, which will enable broadband subscribers to get online in a range of new locations.

Mr Mein said he would be overseeing the creation of a scaled Wi-Fi platform, which will at least double the number of premium hotspots currently offered by BT Openzone and The Cloud by 2013.

O2's premium hotspots are managed through partnerships with key venue owners and are open for all customers to access for free, no matter which mobile or broadband provider they are with.

"Following the team's already successful hotspot rollout in its retail and office estate this year, I am relishing the challenge to develop our unique offering," Mr Mein added.

He said the firm would be looking to extend its footprint throughout the rest of the UK over the coming months and years.

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