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Leeds has been named the UK's Wi-Fi capital, in a report published by broadband provider Sky.

The satellite TV, home phone and internet provider revealed that more locals use wireless broadband hotspots while out and about than in any other British city.

Sky estimated that one in five people in Leeds (22 per cent) have used public Wi-Fi in the last 24 hours - double the national average of 11 per cent.

The West Yorkshire hub was found to be some way ahead of other major cities - including Manchester (13 per cent), Birmingham (13 per cent) and London (20 per cent).

Across the UK, one in four people (24 per cent) have used public Wi-Fi in the last week and two-fifths (41 per cent) in the past month, Sky reported.

Emailing (54 per cent) remains the most common reason for Brits to connect at a wireless hotspot, but ecommerce is growing rapidly.

Sky found Brits are most likely to use Wi-Fi in cafes and restaurants (32 per cent). Pubs and bars were next on 19 per cent ahead of public spaces and shopping centres (ten per cent).

Lyssa McGowan, Director of Communications Products at Sky, commented that Wi-Fi is now "part and parcel of everyday life".

"More and more of us want to get online outside the home and do it with the speed and convenience that only Wi-Fi brings, whether it’s a video with your cappuccino, catching up on emails while waiting for your train, or keeping yourself occupied while being dragged round the shops with your partner," she stated.

"That's one reason why we're dedicated to giving our customers easy access to our unlimited broadband services wherever and whenever they need them."

Sky said it is "delighted" to be able to bring The Cloud Wi-Fi hotspots to its customers around Britain.

The Cloud has 10,000 hotspots in popular locations throughout the UK with an estimated four million people using the network every day.

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