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The number of public Wi-Fi hotspots has more than doubled over the past year in the UK, it has been revealed.

Latest Ofcom figures reveal there were 34,000 locations where consumers could log on to public Wi-Fi in June 2013.

This was up from just 16,000 12 months earlier, the communications regulator noted.

The amount of data being sent or received by consumers in these hotspots almost trebled, to nearly two million gigabytes in a month.

This was up from 0.75 million gigabytes during June 2012.

Ofcom said Brits are increasingly demanding faster connection speeds when out and about.

"Consumers are making far greater use of public Wi-Fi hotspots - which allow them to access fixed-line internet via their mobile devices in places such as restaurants, hotels, banks, supermarkets and coffee shops," the regulator stated.

Ofcom added that the launch of 4G mobile broadband is also helping to meet demand for connectivity on the move.

"Several operators – EE, O2 and Vodafone – have now launched 4G services, while Three is expected to join them in the coming months," it added.

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