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Virgin Media is to use customers' domestic routers in an effort to expand its public Wi-Fi network.

The company is following a similar move by BT to bolster its public Wi-Fi service, which means subscribers will not have to pay extra in order to access the connections.

Virgin Media has assured customers that people will not be able to see anything on the home broadband network they are connected to, as the data available to the public will be kept separate from what is going through the home connection.

Similarly, it has confirmed that anyone using the home broadband network "will not be able to see if anyone is connected to the separate connection in their hub, or what they’re doing".

Furthermore, customers will be able to opt out if they wish to do so.

Only the most recent router - the SuperHub v3 - will be included in the early stages of this initiative, although it is likely to be rolled out to include more devices later on.

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