A deal between BT and the Young and Co.’s Brewery is set to bring free Wi-Fi to its customers by the end of the year.
The two firms have signed up to a five-year partnership which will see the telecoms giant install wireless equipment in 140 pubs and bars in the South East of England and London.
“Increasing amounts of customers keep in touch with the office or hold work meetings at our pubs during the day,” said Andy Maynard, IS manager at Young’s. “On evenings and weekends, visitors are catching up on the day's goings on or keeping a check on the sports.
“Free Wi-Fi ticks the box on all counts and adds to the already social atmosphere.”
The deployment will take five months, meaning the network should be live in the venues by the end of 2013.
As well as offering customers free Wi-Fi, Young’s has signed up to a number of services from BT Expedite – the firm’s retail specialist division, which will connect the brewery’s point of sale (POS) terminals and improve operations.
Pubs will receive superfast broadband connections, voice services and a dedicated helpdesk for landlords.