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BT now has more than five million Wi-Fi hotspots in the UK, it has announced.

The broadband provider has reached the milestone having added more than 20,000 new locations each week over the last 12 months.

BT saw more than 400 million connections across its Wi-Fi network in 2012-13, with users spending increasing amounts of time accessing the internet on the move.

BT found that usage trends for Wi-Fi vary according to age, with most 18 to 24s favouring Wi-Fi for social media, whilst those in the 35 to 44 age group wish to shop online.

Most 45 to 54s use it for GPS and mapping services, whilst the over 65s use Wi-Fi for finding discount vouchers or codes.

Andy Baker, Chief Executive of BT Wi-Fi, said the time wireless broadband users spend online and the amount of data they are using is "up across the network".

"People are now so confident and comfortable with their gadgets, we’ve had to meet the demand with more hotspots in a wider choice of places - on the high street and in thousands of neighbourhoods across the country," he stated.

There are now more than 764,000 BT Wi-Fi hotspots in the south-east of England, 464,000 in Scotland, 519,000 in the east of England, 501,000 in the south-west and more than 543,000 in London.

All BT Wi-Fi hotspots are free and unlimited for BT broadband deal subscribers - although anyone can log-on to the network.

Wireless broadband is available at Starbucks, GAME, John Lewis, Network Rail and Hilton sites, plus in millions of homes and thousands of independent businesses.

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