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Patrons at Young’s and Geronimo pubs in the UK are to gain access to free Wi-Fi services, after a deal was agreed with BT.

Young and Co.'s Brewery has signed a five-year agreement with the broadband provider, which will see the new service rolled out to 140 pubs and bars in London and the south-east this year.

Research conducted by BT and ICM indicates that 87 per cent of consumers have accessed the internet whilst at an eating or drinking site.

And 55 per cent have accessed Wi-Fi using a smartphone, tablet or laptop in a food and beverage site, the firm stated.

Andy Baker, Chief Executive of BT Wi-Fi, said it is "fantastic news" that visitors to the pub chain will now be able to get online for free.

"Our research shows that 61 per cent of people actively search for a Wi-Fi hotspot while out and about eating and drinking," he stated.

BT already has more than five million hotspots in the UK and Ireland, with the likes of Starbucks, GAME, John Lewis, Network Rail and Hilton all offering Wi-Fi access.

All BT Wi-Fi hotspots - including those located in public places - are free and unlimited for BT Broadband customers.

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