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An estimated five million Brits have used a public Wi-Fi hotspot in the last 24 hours, according to a leading broadband provider.

Sky claims more people are using wireless broadband every day, with 24 per cent accessing the web on the move in the last week and 41 per cent in the last month.

The firm, which recently announced the launch of a free and unlimited Wi-Fi service, has also offered an insight into user habits in cities around the UK.

The broadband provider found that Bristolians are the biggest streamers of video and TV over Wi-Fi, with 16 per cent of residents using wireless broadband to view content.

And 25 per cent of Brummies now use Wi-Fi for online gaming, Sky reported.

In Edinburgh, 61 per cent said they use Wi-Fi for general web surfing, while Liverpudlians are the biggest users of Wi-Fi in cafes and restaurants.

Lyssa McGowan, Director of Communications Products at Sky said the firm is dedicated to ensuring customers can gain easy and unlimited access to its broadband services where and when they need them.

"We're delighted to be able to bring The Cloud Wi-Fi hotspots to our customers and extend the Sky TV and unlimited broadband experience beyond the home," she stated.

"With a one-off registration process, they'll automatically connect to the network, which takes all the usual hassle out of connecting to Wi-Fi."

All Sky Broadband Unlimited, Sky Fibre Unlimited and Sky Connect customers are now eligible to use Wi-Fi hotspots from The Cloud.

They do not have to be a Sky TV customer to benefit from public WI-FI services.

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