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UK wired and wireless Internet access provider Broadreach has extended its roster of roaming agreements, the company said today.

Broadreach, the company behind ReadytoSurf-branded hotspots and Internet cafe facilities, has agreed to allow corporate remote access rivals iPass and Gric to add its sites to their list of connection points.

US network aggregator Boingo will include them all on its growing collection of hotspots, too.

The company's own customers, meanwhile, will be able to bill their access fees to their mobile phone accounts, thanks to a tie-in with Excilan. Users log into the ReadytoSurf access point with their mobile phone number instead of a username. They're called back and told the connection fee. Pressing the '1' key authorises payment and access. Excilan currently provides the service to 37 Wi-Fi providers in Europe and Canada. It has deals with a number of European mobile operators, but currently O2 is the only one in the UK.

Broadreach has also signed a deal with clearing house Mach to facilitate multi-network roaming for its customers. ®

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